VINTAGE STERLING SILVER 3 LARGE SAW TOOTH BEZEL SET TURQUOISE STONE KINGMAN VINTAGE STERLING SILVER KINGMAN TURQUOISE SHADOW BOX PILLOW BEAD WITH ENGRAVED SQUASH BLOSSOM DESIGN ENGRAVED NECKLACE NATIVE AMERICAN NECKLACE NAVAJO INDIAN NATIVE AMERICAN OLD PAWN ENGRAVED PILLOW BEADS CIRCA 1950'S PERFECT 24 INCHES GRADUATED PILLOW BEADS PERFECT 2.82 OUNCES. The Kingman turquoise mine, operated by the Colbaugh family in Arizona, is the last remaining commercially producing mine in the United States. Evidence suggests turquoise was mined in the surrounding areas dating as far back as 600 AD. Tools like stone hammers were found in the ancient trenches and tunnels running through the hills in 1962.
Today, even the quality natural turquoise from Kingman has become rare in the wake of rising demand for good quality American turquoise. Old Pawn Jewelry has a special story to tell. Much like the cultures we represent, vintage Indian jewelry carries a great legacy. Over the course of its lifetime: belts, bolo ties, rings and necklaces have been passed down from generation to generation. Not only are they believed to provide good health, it was a way to carry ones wealth with them.Many Old Pawn pieces were inlayed with turquoise which made them highly valuable and a way to secure fortune in times of trouble. If financial support was needed, families would pawn their heirlooms for a specific period of time. For thousands of years, symbols have told stories and have also served as a method to gain power over the forces and the phenomena which effect a society or a person. The world has had a fascination for turquoise for over 7000 years. The oldest known example of any jewelry was a carved turquoise and gold bracelet found on the mummy of an Egyptian queen. In the American Southwest, Native Americans have mined turquoise since prehistoric times. Many legends surround turquoise, it is believed to bring good fortune and health.
While turquoise was once used as currency in the American Southwest, it has been treasured as an adornment throughout the centuries worldwide. The evolution of turquoise jewelry from its appeal as southwestern, Native American or tourist jewelry, to one of the most coveted gems set in designer jewelry worldwide.
Coveted, that is, only if you are talking about true, genuine turquoise. And so our turquoise love story continues. While the demand for turquoise has increased dramatically, the supply of genuine turquoise is limited. The item "VINTAGE STERLING SILVER KINGMAN TURQUOISE PILLOW BEAD NECKLACE NATIVE AMERICAN" is in sale since Thursday, June 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants".
The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.