ABOUT THIS PIECE…
Hand Crafted Sterling Silver, Large Bear Paw Shadow Box Bolo with One Free Form Turquoise Stone and Vinyl Strap
Created by Navajo Artisan, Cynthia John.
The Bear Paw Measures Approximately 1-1/4″ Long by 1-1/8″ Wide
The History Behind Our Jewelry
The Use of Turquoise, Shell, Jet and Coral as Personal Adornment by Southwestern Indians Dates From Pre-Historic Times and the Use of Silver by the Navajo,
Zuni and Hopi is Almost 100 Years Old.
It is Believed that Turquoise Tends to Bring Good Fortune, Strength, and Helps Overcome Illness. The history of turquoise is long and storied.
From ancient civilizations to modern times, turquoise history has played a major role in the popularity of this stone.
One of the earliest known turquoise-producing regions is Persia, where historians believe the stone has been mined for more than 2,000 years.
Turquoise stones from this region are known for their pure, robin’s egg blue color. Archeologists believe Ancient Egyptians mined Sarabit el-Khadim for turquoise stones.
There have been many turquoise uses throughout history and spirituality and supernatural beliefs have always surrounded this stone.
North American Turquoise History of The Southwestern United States is a significant source of turquoise and plays an important role in the history of turquoise.
Archaeologists believe ancient native American tribes began mining turquoise stones at what is now known as the mineral Park Mine thousands of years ago.
Tribes such as the Aztecs believed the stone was sacred and made intricate masks and other adornment for ceremonies and important rituals.
From central Mexico up into what is now known as the American Southwest, turquoise was mined and cherished for generations.