“The aesthetic craftsmanship displayed by the Indians of the Southwest, in drilling tiny beads of coral, has never been equaled and insures pawn coral jewelry a permanent position in value and history.”
- According to 1975 article
When you think of stones in Southwestern and Native American jewelry, your first thought is probably turquoise – and rightfully so, it’s the most prevalent and it’s almost synonymous with the style. But turquoise has a stylistic sister-“stone” that, once you think about it, is a common and key asset to some of the most beautiful and beloved pieces.
Coral, and more specifically, “red coral” accompanies turquoise in Native American jewelry almost as often as not. In many instances, coral even stands alone as the colorful feature in a piece of silverwork, and research indicates that it has been used in jewelry-making since before recorded history.
Featured together in everything from cuffs to conches and bolos to bracelets, and the cool turquoise juxtaposed with the warm coral makes for an eye-catching combination that is signature Southwestern style.
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