Sell Turquoise Jewelry to the Best Jewelry in Las Vegas & Henderson, NV

Turquoise jewelry is derived from the Navajo or Native American jewelry-making tradition. They are the largest indigenous community in the United States. Such jewelry collection includes beaded necklaces, carved ketoh, concha or concho, and other adornments with turquoise as the main stone setting. Typically, German silver, brass, copper, and, to a lesser degree, silver are used to make them. Turquoise jewelry is often worn to express and signify reverence and elegance among men and women.

Brief History

Ancient Egyptian tombs contain intricate turquoise jewelry dating back to 3000 BCE, which is the earliest evidence of turquoise gemstones. Turquoise was embedded in gold necklaces and rings, used as inlay, and carved into scarabs by Egyptians. The most famous example is King Tut’s classic burial mask, which was lavishly decorated with turquoise. Moreover, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is home to the world’s oldest turquoise mines. Turquoise was known to the Egyptians as mefkat, which meant “joy” and “delight.”

Turquoise was also used widely by the ancient Persians, and it was often engraved with Arabic script. The stone was used to cover palace domes because of its sky-blue hue, which symbolized heaven. As a result, it was later used in buildings such as the Taj Mahal. Additionally, Persians wore turquoise on their daggers and bridles because they believed it would shield them. Also, turquoise gemstone jewelry was worn by Persians around their necks and in their turbans. They claimed that its changing color could warn them of impending doom and eventually provide them with security.

In the 13th century, Turkish merchants introduced this “Persian blue” stone when they brought it to Europe via the Silk Road. They believed that the term “turquoise” is derived from the French Pierre tourques, which means “Turkish stone.” This is why a lot of historians would attribute the innovation and use of turquoise to Turkish people. Meanwhile, pre-Columbian Native Americans mined turquoise in what is now the southwestern United States. It was believed that the shamans used it to communicate with the spirit of the sky during sacred ceremonies.

On the other hand, for Apache Indians, attaching turquoise to bows and, later, weapons was thought to increase a hunter’s accuracy. Later on, turquoise became valuable in Native American trade, which transported materials from North America to South America. As a result, the Aztecs prized turquoise for its protective properties, and it was used on ceremonial masks, knives, and shields. Then, in the 1880s, a white trader persuaded a Navajo craftsman to transform a silver coin into turquoise jewelry, which is now widely associated with Native Americans.

Despite the fact that many ancient turquoise deposits have been exhausted over the gemstone’s long history, several small mine operations primarily in the United States continue to produce excellent material today.

Value of Turquoise Jewelry

In terms of turquoise jewelry value, several factors are considered. Color evenness, which refers to the consistency of the turquoise color in the stone set on a jewelry item, and saturation are the primary considerations. In contrast, saturation refers to the intensity and purity of the turquoise color. Also, a turquoise’s capacity for taking good polish without stabilization is an essential factor during the valuation process.

Moreover, darker shades and less green tint in blue colors add more value to turquoise jewelry. Some jewelry buyers also consider matrix patterns of the precious item as a crucial factor in determining its value. One of the most sought-after designs includes spiderweb turquoise, veined with black matrix in a pattern that looks like crocheted lace.

Another factor that is considered in assessing the turquoise jewelry’s value is its grade or condition. The highest grades of this jewelry are usually valued at a higher price than those with lower grades. Turquoise of higher grades are used for cabochons, carvings, and inlay, whereas lower grades are used as polished beads or natural, “nugget-style” beads.

Finally, the rarity of the stone or turquoise significantly affects its value. It is what mostly spikes up the price of a jewelry item in the valuation process. Jewelry dealers and buyers would generally offer hundreds or thousands of dollars in exchange for a very rare turquoise jewelry item.

We Buy All Sorts of Turquoise Jewelry

The Navajo’s jewelry-making practice resulted in several developments in terms of designs, patterns, and decorative items or adornments. Their jewelry-making craft is practiced by people from all walks of life, from the middle class to royalty. Navajos are well-known for their artwork that appears to reflect their culture and customs. This can all be seen from the most popular turquoise jewelry that is widely associated with them.

The following are some of the famous pieces of turquoise jewelry that we look forward to buying from you:

 

  • Rings
  • Conchas
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Pendants
  • Earrings
  • Brooches
  • Chains

Best Buyer of Turquoise Jewelry

Nevada Coin Mart is the biggest buyer of turquoise jewelry. As a local business with an established reputation and credibility, we are dedicated to providing you with the best customer service possible during the sale process of your valuable turquoise jewelry items. Bring them in now, and we will give you a good cash for your prized possession. Customers who want to sell Navajo jewelry in Las Vegas have consistently come to us for many years because they want to be well cared for and work with experts in this field with their turquoise jewelry.

Using a state-of-the-art X-ray spectrometer, we ensure that your turquoise jewelry items are tested and analyzed fairly. Our experts and staff members’ excellence and competence in service delivery have made us a 12-time recipient of the Best of Las Vegas award by the Las Vegas Review Journal. So, if you have any turquoise jewelry that you want to sell for instant cash, hurry and visit our store.

We are open 365 times a year, from 9 AM to 6 PM. Check us out at Nevada Coin Mart® 4065 S. Jones Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89103, or call us up at 702-998-4000.

References:

https://www.americangemsociety.org/birthstones/december-birthstones/history-of-turquoise/#:~:text=The%20earliest%20evidence%20of%20turquoise,and%20carved%20it%20into%20scarabs.

https://www.gemsociety.org/article/turquoise-jewelry-gem-information/

https://www.treasuresofthesouthwest.com/turquoise-jewelry-c.html