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3 June 2011

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Southwestern Turquoise Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
Southwestern Turquoise Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
$37.00 (16 Bids)
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Southwestern Designed 925 Sterling Silver Bear Earrings
Southwestern Designed 925 Sterling Silver Bear Earrings
$11.99
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Southwestern Rectangle Turquoise Sterling Silver Pendant
Southwestern Rectangle Turquoise Sterling Silver Pendant
$20.50 (7 Bids)
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Southwestern Oval Turquoise Wavy Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
Southwestern Oval Turquoise Wavy Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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Southwestern Sterling Silver Ornate Geometric Green Moss Agate Cluster Ring 925
Southwestern Sterling Silver Ornate Geometric Green Moss Agate Cluster Ring 925
$5.50 (4 Bids)
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Southwestern Sterling Silver Geometric Mosaic Abalone Shell Inlay Wide Band Ring
Southwestern Sterling Silver Geometric Mosaic Abalone Shell Inlay Wide Band Ring
$3.25 (7 Bids)
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Southwestern Coral Cabochon Sterling Silver Vermeil Cuff Bracelet
Southwestern Coral Cabochon Sterling Silver Vermeil Cuff Bracelet
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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Carolyn Pollack Sincerely Southwest Sterling Silver  Genuine Leather Bracelet
Carolyn Pollack Sincerely Southwest Sterling Silver Genuine Leather Bracelet
$15.50 (8 Bids)
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Southwestern Round Turquoise Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Southwestern Round Turquoise Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
$9.99
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Carolyn Pollack Sincerely Southwest Sterling Silver  Stone Ring w Paperwork
Carolyn Pollack Sincerely Southwest Sterling Silver Stone Ring w Paperwork
$20.50 (4 Bids)
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Southwestern Sterling Silver Cows Skull Pendant Turquoise Beaded Chain Necklace
Southwestern Sterling Silver Cows Skull Pendant Turquoise Beaded Chain Necklace
$9.99
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Southwestern Turquoise Embellished Sun Sterling Drop Dangle Hook Earrings
Southwestern Turquoise Embellished Sun Sterling Drop Dangle Hook Earrings
$9.99
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Artisan SIGNED JS Sterling Silver Modernist Lightning Ridge Opal Cuff Bracelet
Artisan SIGNED JS Sterling Silver Modernist Lightning Ridge Opal Cuff Bracelet
$31.50 (16 Bids)
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Vintage Southwestern Sterling Silver Small Ornate Malachite Clip Earrings 925
Vintage Southwestern Sterling Silver Small Ornate Malachite Clip Earrings 925
$5.50 (8 Bids)
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Sterling Silver Twisted Cuff Bracelet Southwestern Style 227 grams
Sterling Silver Twisted Cuff Bracelet Southwestern Style 227 grams
$25.00
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PRETTY SOUTHWESTERN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE CROSS PENDANT NECKLACE HANDCRAFTED
PRETTY SOUTHWESTERN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE CROSS PENDANT NECKLACE HANDCRAFTED
$14.95
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Designer Southwestern Elegant Sterling Silver Modernist Mother of Pearl Ring 925
Designer Southwestern Elegant Sterling Silver Modernist Mother of Pearl Ring 925
$4.25 (5 Bids)
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Artisan Sterling Silver Modernist Geometric LARIMAR Sleek Cuff Bracelet 10g 925
Artisan Sterling Silver Modernist Geometric LARIMAR Sleek Cuff Bracelet 10g 925
$14.50 (11 Bids)
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Hagit Gorali Sterling Hematite Bead Leather Station Bracelet SZ AVERAGE NWT QVC
Hagit Gorali Sterling Hematite Bead Leather Station Bracelet SZ AVERAGE NWT QVC
$49.95
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Vintage Large Old Tribal Spiderweb Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant 2 1 4
Vintage Large Old Tribal Spiderweb Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant 2 1 4
$9.99
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Southwestern Oval Turquoise Leaf Etched Sterling Silver Solitaire Ring Sz 525
Southwestern Oval Turquoise Leaf Etched Sterling Silver Solitaire Ring Sz 525
$15.50 (4 Bids)
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Jay King DTR SouthWest Red Coral  Turquoise Sterling 925 Necklace 17 20 NEW
Jay King DTR SouthWest Red Coral Turquoise Sterling 925 Necklace 17 20 NEW
$59.99
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Sterling Silver Southwestern Style Green Mojave Turquoise Ring Sz 6
Sterling Silver Southwestern Style Green Mojave Turquoise Ring Sz 6
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VINTAGE STERLING SILVER GENUINE TURQUOISE  TIGERS EYE NECKLACE SOUTHWESTERN
VINTAGE STERLING SILVER GENUINE TURQUOISE TIGERS EYE NECKLACE SOUTHWESTERN
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Southwestern White MOP Sterling Silver Two stone Ring Sz 55
Southwestern White MOP Sterling Silver Two stone Ring Sz 55
$12.50 (4 Bids)
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Southwestern Sterling Silver Bear Pendant Blue Turquoise Beaded Chain Necklace
Southwestern Sterling Silver Bear Pendant Blue Turquoise Beaded Chain Necklace
$9.99
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VINTAGE SOUTHWESTERN MULTI STONE INLAY STERLING SILVER DANGLE DROP EARRINGS EUC
VINTAGE SOUTHWESTERN MULTI STONE INLAY STERLING SILVER DANGLE DROP EARRINGS EUC
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VINTAGE SOUTHWESTERN ONYX AND TURQUOISE STERLING SILVER PENDANT 20 NECKLACE
VINTAGE SOUTHWESTERN ONYX AND TURQUOISE STERLING SILVER PENDANT 20 NECKLACE
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Vtg Sterling Silver Southwestern Twisted Single Spiral Bangle Bracelet
Vtg Sterling Silver Southwestern Twisted Single Spiral Bangle Bracelet
$22.00
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CAROLYN POLLACK STERLING SILVER STARTER CHARM ROPE LINK BRACELET 6 3 4 LONG
CAROLYN POLLACK STERLING SILVER STARTER CHARM ROPE LINK BRACELET 6 3 4 LONG
$35.00
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Southwestern Sterling

Turquoise - An Age-Old Favorite

Silver turquoise pendant and other such jewelry pieces have gained in popularity over the past several decades. This is evidenced by a trip to the local jewelry store or a quick browse through one of the many online jewelry stores. The wide array of turquoise jewelry – both costume jewelry as well as fine jewelry is quite astounding! In North America, perhaps the most popular style in turquoise jewelry are the designs created by artists in the Southwestern United States, many of whom belong to the various Native American tribes that inhabited this region for a few thousand years. When the natives discovered turquoise about one thousand years ago in New Mexico, they were immediately captivated by the beauty of this stone, and started to use it in crude forms of jewelry. This typically consisted of putting together irregularly shaped pieces of stone to form necklaces and bracelets. With time however, they learned the art of cutting and polishing this stone, and this added significant beauty and sophistication to their creations. Today, turquoise jewelry from the southwest has a loyal fan all across the globe. In particular, sterling silver jewelry that has inlays of turquoise and other semi-precious stones found in this region are immensely popular with jewelry buffs in North America.

When the word "turquoise" is mentioned, it is hard NOT to imagine the desert vistas of the Southwest. Turquoise has become synonymous with the lifestyle, culture, and landscape of the Southwestern states like Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. It may therefore come as some surprise that North America is a relatively new comer to the world of turquoise jewelry. While turquoise discoveries on the continent date back to about a thousand years ago, turquoise was in face first discovered in Egypt nearly six thousand years ago! Specimens from mines in the Sinai were used to adorn the temples and palaces of ancient Egypt. The next major turquoise finds occurred in ancient Persia where this stone was found in trachyte formations. The mines in the Sinai have largely dried up, but Iran today continues to produce some of the best quality turquoise in the world. Turkey was the geographical bridge between Asia and Europe, and was instrumental in brining turquoise to European and Mediterranean civilizations. Over the years, turquoise jewelry designs have changed as techniques improved and people's tastes in fashion changed. Today, stabilized turquoise is often combined with other gems to create new and affordable fashion jewelry designs. The addition of a turquoise pendant to a white pearl necklace adds pizzazz to an age-old classic, for example.

About the Author

Mr. Arnold lives in the Southwest and writes and reads extensivley on a wide range of topics.  In addition to gemmology, his interests also cover hand-held electronics such as cheap MP3 players, high-tech mobile phones, etc.

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