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Why Turquoise Jewelry Never Goes Out of Style

The world of fashion is fickle. I prefer the word style and believe that a woman’s style transforms over time — it’s her biography! Trends come and go in the blink of an eye, leaving closets overflowing with what were once considered must-haves. But amidst the ever-churning cycle of fads, some classics transcend the whims of the fashion gods. Turquoise jewelry is one such gem.

Image of Honey Good wearing turquoise jewelry

Every woman should own at least one pair of turquoise jewelry.

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The Allure of Turquoise Jewelry

Turquoise, with its captivating blend of blues and greens, has held a special place in human history for millennia. Ancient Egyptians adorned themselves with turquoise, and it was prized by civilizations from China to Central Asia. But for the Native American people of the Southwest, turquoise isn’t just a beautiful stone. For them it is imbued with deep spiritual significance.

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Why Turquoise is Synonymous With Native American Jewelry

Native American cultures revere turquoise as a stone embodying the sky, water, and the life-giving spirit that flows between them. It’s a symbol of protection, good health, and abundance.

Many tribes believe turquoise possesses the power to bring calmness and emotional balance to the wearer. Sometimes called “turquoise gem,” or “chalchihuitl,” it’s been and associate it with rain, fertility, and spiritual connection. Some revere it as a symbol of communication and protection during travel.

A Stone Steeped in Sacredness

This deep reverence is evident in the craftsmanship of Native American turquoise jewelry. I view each piece as more than an accessory — it’s a miniature work of art, often passed down through generations as cherished heirlooms. Traditional techniques like stone carving, silverwork, and beading are used to create stunning necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings. The artistry is breathtaking. Not only that, the connection to history and culture adds a layer of meaning that mass-produced pieces simply can’t replicate.

A Touch of the Southwest in Your Everyday

While the cultural significance of turquoise jewelry is deeply rooted in Native American traditions, its beauty transcends cultural boundaries (much like one of my favorites, the Hawaiian bracelet). Today, turquoise pieces add a timelessness and pizazz to any outfit.

The versatility of turquoise jewelry is another reason for its long-lived popularity. Whether you prefer a bold, chunky statement piece or something more delicate and understated, there’s a turquoise piece out there to suit your style.

Turquoise complements a wide range of colors, making it a perfect accessory for year-round wear. Pair it with earthy tones like brown and beige for a natural look, or embrace the vibrant energy of turquoise with pops of color in your outfit.

Ethical Considerations: Buying with Respect

Image of 3 pieces of turquoise jewelry

When seeking out turquoise jewelry, try to purchase pieces that were handmade by Native Americans.

From left to right (all handmade in New Mexico):
Genuine Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Dangle Earrings

Genuine Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Flower-Shaped Earrings

and Genuine Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Oval Earrings 

When it comes to turquoise jewelry, there are a few ethical considerations to keep in mind. Look for pieces made by Native American artists or from reputable vendors who source their turquoise ethically. Avoid mass-produced pieces that may exploit cultural significance or use unsustainable mining practices.

By choosing authentic Native American turquoise jewelry, you’re not just acquiring a beautiful accessory — you’re supporting living artists and preserving a rich cultural heritage.

If you’re not able to make it to the Southwest any time soon, you can still find gorgeous pieces handcrafted by Native American artisans. The first place I researched? Amazon of course! I knew there was a chance, since I recommend buying red string bracelets from there, if you aren’t able to source yours directly from Israel.

After a little digging, I found a some! Not only from Amazon (above), but QVC as well (below). When at all possible, you should purchase directly from the source (and try to catch them at work, too!), but if that’s not an option, these are great choices and you know that your purchase is supporting these incredible artisans, their communities, and schools, etc.

A Lasting Legacy

Image of Native American jewelry, turquoise

Owning a piece of Native American jewelry is owning a piece of art and history.

From left to right (all handmade pieces):

Chaco Canyon Sterling Silver Multigem Inlay Butterfly Zuni Necklace

Chaco Canyon Campitos Turquoise Sterling Silver 3-Stone Cuff

and Chaco Canyon Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise Cluster Necklace

In a world obsessed with the “next big thing,” turquoise jewelry stands as a testament to enduring beauty and cultural significance. It’s a reminder that some things are simply timeless. So, the next time you’re looking for a piece that transcends trends and adds a touch of magic to your every day, consider the allure of turquoise. It’s an investment in timeless style, steeped in history and imbued with the spirit of the Southwest.

Do you have a piece of jewelry that have significance to you or your culture? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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March 27, 2024

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  1. Vickie Aller says:

    When I was 8 I visited my grandparents in Arizona
    They were big into turquoise. I had my choice of different shapes to choose from for a pendant. I chose a tear drop shipped stone. When grandma asked me why I chose the tear drop I told her, when she was in Arizona and I was in Ohio I was sad and would cry. We were very close.
    I woar that pendant for decades. Still do

    • Susan Good says:

      A beautiful and heartwarming story. I will remember it. Thank you for sharing it with me. Warmly, Honey

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