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by Halley Oxford Comma January 18, 2019 1 min read 4 Comments

“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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Roxann Johnson
Roxann Johnson

January 28, 2019

Love Love all

Debra Hanus
Debra Hanus

January 20, 2019

Very clever display of bracelets on the coolest hear shift knob I have ever SEEN!

Mary Ann Williams
Mary Ann Williams

January 20, 2019

One of my most favorite rings is turquoise and coral! I wear it with lots of different outfits!

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright

January 20, 2019

Thank you. Informative & interesting read. :-)

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