The Allure of Turquoise

Item No: 30593

$ 19.95

  • Adopted as the State Stone of New Mexico in 1967, turquoise plays an active role in the culture and history of the Southwest. This useful book offers a variety of information about the crown jewel of New Mexico. Nine New Mexico authors provide the geology and mining history of turquoise and discuss its use and significance to Native Americans. The reader will find an amazing variety of turquoise lore in essays on the Turquoise Museum, the Turquoise Trail, and the Turquoise Room on the Santa Fe Super Chief as well as helpful accounts of turquoise value. A must-have book for any collector of Turquoise.
    • Editor: Arnold Vigil
    • Paperback: 79 pages
    • Publisher: New Mexico Magazine (July 1996)
    • ISBN-10: 0937206407
    • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Published by New Mexico Magazine and distributed by New Mexico Press, this book is a collection of fascinating essays by historians, journalist, and aficionados all who have rich backgrounds and experience to tell the story of this alluring gem. Contributing authors are Susan Arritt, Marc Simmons, David Gomez, Jon Bowman, Richard McCord, Jack Hartsfield, Patricia O'Connor, Ray Nelson and Emily Drabanski.
  • Turquoise beads have been made in the Southwest for thousands of years. The Anasazi, the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indian tribes, mined turquoise in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Chaco Canyon, a major Anasazi center, was at the center of turquoise trade routes stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Central America. Turquoise was not set in silver until the late 19th century after Navajo and Zuni artisans learned metalsmithing. The blue and green gem quickly became a favorite with Native American silversmiths, and was extremely popular with tourists visiting the Southwest in the early 20th century. Some Native Americans believe the gem was a gift from the spirits and call it the Sky Stone. Today, turquoise is one of the most iconic images of the Southwest and is still revered among Native American jewelry artists.
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