Something You Would See All Over The Reservation
These earrings are a style you would see Navajo women wearing everywhere. They are very traditional and beautiful. In fact, Darlene makes these with leftover materials from The Traditional Way Necklace.
Why Wear Silver & Turquoise
Turquoise Tells The Holy People You Know Where You Came From
The legends say... turquoise is meant to remind us of our existence in the Blue World. The Blue World is the second in the teachings of the four worlds. It has a few different names: The Second World, The Blue World, The Spirit World, and The World With No Surface. Turquoise is said to offer protection. To identify to the Holy People, the Five-Fingered beings who know where they come from. Our Navajo Historian, Wally Brown, uses his necklace to teach about the symbolism of turquoise.
Meet The Artist
Meet Darlene, Navajo Jewelry Artist
Darlene has been making turquoise necklaces and other Navajo jewelry for almost 30 years.
She says she learned the skill from her in-laws.
Using turquoise, silver, glass beads, and shell she crafts these beautiful jewelry pieces.
Darlene is of the Nakai Diné Clan.
Turquoise to our Diné is important.
Representing the "Blue World", it tells the Holy People... "We know where we come from".
Turquoise is a semi-precious stone.
These small turquoise nuggets are stabilized to make them last the test of time.
Turquoise is also worn for protection when roaming outside of the sacred mountains.
“...that large turquoise piece in Roy Huskies pendant Islands is the most beautiful turquoise I've ever seen. And being born and always living in S.W. Oklahoma, Native Country, I've seen plenty. I've got to take a picture of it. It just grabs me and I love to just look and admire it.”
"So happy with the special Traditional Way necklace. We went to Angel Oak, a very old tree on Johns Island, SC to put it on."
“This afternoon, I had a discussion with my niece and nephew about wearing turquoise and why it’s important especially when we do not reside in the four scared mountains. I didn’t know all the other details mentioned... now I can provide more context to my niece and nephew about wearing turquoise and silver when I see them again.”
“…I am delighted to find the necklace that you are offering and to know that it is authentic and that it represents a return to traditional teachings. Thank you so much for helping me to put through my order. Blessings.”
“Wow they are lovely!! Beautiful and everything in between.”
"I just wanted to let you know that my wife just got her Abalone Feather Turquoise earrings. She is delighted with them, as am I. Thank you for offering these items."
“...I love turquoise. Something about it intrigues me greatly and makes me feel very peaceful.Thank you for shining Light on Mother Earth.”
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