Turquoise Jewelry for Men – The Tradition and History
Turquoise has been a staple of Native American jewelry for men. It has been revered for both its magnificent color and its spiritual qualities for over 7,000 years. Turquoise, which means ‘fallen sky stone’, is a symbol of creation, water, and life. Nearly two thousand years ago Native Americans in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area began mining for this precious stone, which has a significant role in many cultures. Ancient artisans would meticulously shape and polish the stones to perfection with sandstone and leather before creating unique pieces that were part of ceremonial headdresses, sewn into clothing, and worn as jewelry.
Today, men’s turquoise jewelry from Turquoise de Luchia is as beautiful and attractive as the pieces made centuries ago. These turquoise belt buckles for men as well as bolo pendants, rings, and more are crafted by experienced artisans that respect the traditions of the people who first began using the gemstones.
The Use of Silver in Native American Jewelry for Men
Early in the 1800s silver was introduced to the Southwest region of America by way of the Spanish and Mexicans. Since then the metal has become synonymous with Native American jewelry design. In the 1850s, Navajo artisans used what they learned from Mexican silversmiths to create pieces so impressive the nearby Zuni tribes traded livestock for them. It wasn’t long before the Zuni began crafted silver jewelry themselves. The technique was eventually passed along to the Hopi tribe as well. Today, their craft and standout design aesthetic lives on in the pieces at Turquoise de Luchia.