Real turquoise jewelry has long been considered a sacred stone used by indigenous peoples in the Americas to bless newborn babies, protect warriors in battles, and connect the people to the sky and rain gods. Turquoise has been in fashion for over 3,000 years. With a history this old, turquoise has more than just staying power, it’s part of our human legacy, used in cultures across the globe from North America, to China, ancient Egypt and beyond.
Perhaps one reason this precious stone seems to connect people around the planet is that it is found in many different countries. Here in the Southwest, we are home to the famed Kingman Turquoise known for its bright blue tone and characteristic veining, along with the vividly blue Sleeping Beauty stones, and a handful of rare stones from now-closed mines including Lone Mountain, Number 8, and our very own Cerrillos mine, which is located near Carolyn’s home.
At American West Jewelry we of course love our turquoise and enjoy finding new and interesting sources for it to keep our stones as unique as our jewelry. We honor this turquoise jewelry legacy by using 100% genuine turquoise stones. When designing our Sleeping Beauty Turquoise jewelry, we take great pride in finding stones as unique as our jewelry and the collectors that wear it. Each one-of-a-kind genuine turquoise stone is tested and certified by the Gemological Institute of America to guarantee its quality and authenticity. While we may be best known for our striking Southwestern turquoise jewelry, which is 100% USA made jewelry and authentic turquoise jewelry, we also craft a large selection of breathtaking silver and turquoise jewelry pieces using high quality blue and green turquoise jewelry stones from around the world.
The sky blue turquoise jewelry stones display a vibrant hue that has been coveted as the epitome of Western turquoise jewelry since the stone’s discovery. We are proud to carry on the tradition of using this renowned stone in our handcrafted jewelry.
Turquoise necklaces, turquoise cuff bracelets, turquoise rings, and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise earrings have long been thought to bring good fortune and a healthy life to those that wear it. Our Sleeping Beauty Turquoise beads and other Western turquoise jewelry have been enjoyed by collectors the world over. Our turquoise cross necklaces and other blue turquoise beads make a lovely pair alongside a silver turquoise ring or silver turquoise bracelet. Iconic Santa Fe turquoise jewelry inspires many of our women’s turquoise jewelry and mens turquoise jewelry designs.
Green turquoise jewelry has long been used in turquoise fashion jewelry collections alongside turquoise heart jewelry, designer turquoise jewelry and other artisanal jewelry designs. But no matter which stone you decide to take home, I think this ancient Arabic proverb sums up our turquoise mission perfectly: “Turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune.