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 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.