Collection - Native American Turquoise Jewelry

Technical ways to determine if a piece of jewelry is genuine natural turquoise is to remove it from the bezel and put a jeweler’s grinding tool on the bottom of the stone and see if you can detect the smell of burning plastic. Another test is to tap it with your fingernail and see if it sounds like plastic or stone. Still another test is to look at the stone under a magnifying glass or loop and see if you can see what looks like a honey-colored tinge piling up in the cracks or matrix of the stone that is the plastic.

These methods are beyond the capability of most people evaluating jewelry who do not have physical possession of the piece – as when you are buying jewelry for sale online.

When buying online, the most important factor is to purchase from a reputable dealer of antique Native American jewelry. The seasoned professional can look at the total picture – the stone, the matrix, the texture, the style of jewelry, the wear - and comparing that with thousands of pieces they’ve held in their hands before in order to make an assessment.

J. Mark Sublette, owner of Medicine Man Gallery, has thirty years of experience dealing in Native American Jewelry fully guarantees the authenticity of every piece of jewelry we sell. Medicine Man Gallery is a member of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association which promotes the highest standards of authenticity and integrity.

Medicine Man Gallery is always purchasing single pieces or entire collections. Highest prices paid. Interested in selling your Native American jewelry? Click here for a free jewelry evaluation or call us at 1.800.422.9382 or 520.722.7798

Antique generally refers to objects 100 years old, but in the Native American jewelry world there are grey areas when it comes to dating as the industry doesn’t have any specific standards. Most old pawn refers to jewelry that is 1940-50’s and older; in reality any piece that actually has a pawn ticket from the surrounding Navajo and Hopi reservation could be pawn even if it dates anywhere from the 1960-70. We consider vintage Native American jewelry to be from 1940 and before, antique would follow similar guidelines, but on the early spectrum. Contemporary is 1960 to present.



Interested in learning more? Medicine Man Gallery’s videos can help you learn more about authentic old pawn jewelry and genuine natural turquoise


Medicine Man Gallery’s articles for more background on vintage Native American Turquoise Jewelry

Old Pawn Jewelry

Old Pawn Jewelry, Part 1, Western Art Collector

Silver and turquoise jewelry has become such an established part of the Southwest experience that many visitors are surprised to learn it is not an ancient, indigenous tradition. Silversmithing was introduced to the Navajo and then the Pueblo tribes barely 150 years ago. Read more...

Old Pawn Jewelry Bracelet

Old Pawn Jewelry, Part 2, Western Art Collector

The use of turquoise has been around the Southwest since prehistoric times. The Anasazi used turquoise and shell to make beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings as well as to decorate effigies. Using turquoise in Southwestern jewelry is still popular today, not only by people that live in the Southwest, but by people worldwide. Read more...

Navajo jewelry toolbox

Native American Jewelry: Makers of Silver

Since learning their skills from Mexican silversmiths in the latter parts of the 19th century, historic and contemporary Native American jewelers have elevated the craft to an elite art form. The earliest of the silver pieces were made not for humans but for animals - horses to be exact. Read more...

Navajo jewelry toolbox

Native American Jewelry: Eternally Blooming Squash Blossoms

One of the squash blossom’s components, the Naja pendant, dates to Egyptian and Roman times. Crafted in silver, the inverted crescent-shaped Naja was centered on the head of a horse’s bridle, and was said to protect the horse and its rider from evil. Read more...


Medicine Man Gallery offers you the finest selection of authentic antique, vintage and contemporary Native American turquoise jewelry from the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Santo Domingo Pueblo cultures. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, ingot silver concho belts, watch bands, and pins. We offer a wide array of turquoise jewelry including Bisbee, Lander Blue, Kingman Spiderweb, Number 8, Sleeping Beauty, Royston, Morenci, Lone Mountain and many other beautiful gemstones for sale online. Located in Tucson, Arizona.