The Southwestern United States tells a lot about the history of turquoise, and has played an important historical role for the rock.
(PRWEB) August 27, 2013
The history of turquoise is both a long and storied one. Turquoise has existed in both ancient and modern civilizations, and its history has played an extraordinary role within the world.
Now, a new website is shining the spotlight on the origins and incredible history of turquoise.
“The Southwestern United States tells a lot about the history of turquoise, and has played an important historical role for the rock,” says HistoryofTurquoise.com spokesman James Heldon. “Archaeologists understand that old Native American tribes got turquoise from the Southwestern United States, and usually accessed turquoise from mineral Park Mines thousands of years ago.”
Turquoise has been used throughout history, and has provided many cultures with beliefs of both spiritual and supernatural qualities. The history of turquoise has extended across the world and is often worn by stars of both stage and screen today.
“Ancient civilizations, like those ruled by the Aztecs, believed turquoise was a sacred material, and created ornate and intricate masks from the material,” said Heldon. “These masks were carved to fit an individual’s face, and were very important for ceremonies and rituals.”
Turquoise was mined from Mexico as well, and was traded across the American Southwest. In the early 19th Century, the Navajo Indians also utilized turquoise in conjunction with silver, and constructed many popular varieties of turquoise jewelry seen in modern day. Their methods and crafts have survived many centuries and—even today—have inspired artists; they re-enact similar methods, and utilize turquoise for its extravagant symbolism.
“Navajo turquoise has an expansive history, and reaches far into prehistoric times,” said Heldon. “Many believe ancient mining sites were present in the Southwest, and various artifacts have been discovered in many locations.”
For more information on the history of turquoise and its popularity in jewelry today, please visit historyofturquoise.com.