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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Learn More About Turquoise in Santa Fe

The Southwest and Santa Fe are known for the beautiful Turquoise jewelry and decorated art pieces you can find here. Beginning April 13th to May 2nd at the Museum of Indian Arts  and Culture you will be able to view over 500 items made from turquoise. These items date from A.D. 900 to the present.

According to an article in The New Mexican by Anne Constable, "Navajo babies are given their first turquoise beads at birth." Native Americans appear to have been working with the gemstone for more than 1200 years before the Spanish arrived in New Mexico.

A vein of Turquoise
Photo R. Weller/Chochise College. 
The history of turquoise in New Mexico includes the old mines found near Santa Fe in the area of the villages Cerrillos and Madrid. Around 200 mines have been found in the Southwest.

The exhibit titled "Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and its Meaning" will give you the opportunity to see this gemstone which is symbolic of sky, water, bountiful harvests, health and protection.

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