Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning

Apr 13, 2014 through May 30, 2016

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value. Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrate the stone’s use and its deep significance to the people of the region.

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'Fake' Turquoise

Contemporary Bracelet

Concho Belt

Young Man with Bow Guards (Ketoh)

Native, Spanish, and Moorish Influences

Contemporary Artistic Expressions

Turquoise-Color and Meaning


Turquoise rough, Cerrillos District

Squash-blossom necklace



Turquoise’s Companions

Large single cabochons and clusters of smaller stones on bracelets and rings

Ketoh (Bow Guard)

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