I found my first piece of turquoise jewelry many years ago in Santa Fe.
Actually, make that my first three pieces!Mr. A bought a necklace and two cuffs for my birthday, which I wore to death!
I'm always hunting for turquoise! I've found treasures in antique stores as well as resell shops, pawn stores, and online.
Believe it or not, I found this cuff on vacation last year, on the east coast.
I love the copper veins running through the stone.
This Zuni cuff was a flea market find.
This cuff came from the Taos Pueblo.
Santa Fe is my favorite place to hunt for turquoise.
The further away from the central square, the better the price!
I found this cuff on my last visit. The stone is Royston turquoise, mined in Nevada.
I love the green and brown color and prefer it to bright blue turquoise.
I'm always looking for an unusual piece, like the cuff above. That's a real silver dollar, circa 1885, signed by the artist who made it. I fell in love with it, but realize it's not for everyone. Mr. A says it looks like I should wear it to Las Vegas!
I don't care, I love it!
They don't make them like this anymore. It is from the 40's and reflects the craftsmanship that is long gone.
Mixing turquoise with stones like white turquoise and even black onyx together keeps things more interesting. I also like to wear multiple cuffs, instead of just one.
A store in Utah had a fabulous collection of cuffs.
I'm in love with the Zuni bracelets on the left. Such a nice collection!
Which one would you choose?
This little store is in the Taos Pueblo.
As you can see Mr A is in full New Mexico mode with the hat!
He even bought a turquoise ring and silver cuff for himself!
In the bathroom, I've gathered cuffs and rings in a glass display case.
The raw turquoise bead necklace above was one of my first turquoise purchases, from my trip to Round Top, Texas!
Someday, it will be passed down to a family member who loves it as much as I do.
Clearly for me, diamonds aren't a girl's best friend-- turquoise is!