Only a few doors down from last week’s purple door, was this beauty. According to Wikipedia:
Arizona is currently the most important producer of turquoise by value.
Turquoise jewelry is everywhere in the Southwest, particularly in Native American jewelry. Silver has historically been paired with the stones that vary from greenish to a blue the color new jeans . Modern Indian jewelers are now using gold as well, but some of my favorite pieces are old pawn. Jewelry was often kept as a non-money bank account by members of many tribes. When times were tough, the jewelry was taken to a trading post or pawn shop and left in exchange for cash. When times improved, the owners redeemed their pieces. Inevitably, some fortunes didn’t improve and the deadline for redemption passed. The jewelry could then be sold by the trading post or shop.
Many galleries and stores that sell quality Native American jewelry often have an area showing these old pawn pieces, beautiful examples of traditional designs and styles. You can find squash blossom necklaces, belt buckles, earrings, rings, and more. Many of the pieces are quite old. The old pawn section is filled with jewelry holding unknown stories of creation, life, loss, tradition.
This door isn’t old pawn, but it is a beautiful example of a different use of turquoise in the sunny Southwest.
Norm, the host of Thursday Doors, has his blog here. Here’s where you can find links to everyone’s entries. This will update as people add their links over the next several days, but you’ll find some amazing doors offered.