Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning
April 13, 2014 through May 2, 2016
Turquoise rough, Cerrillos District
Turquoise rough, Cerrillos District. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology (43271/11). Photograph by Blair Clark.
Squash-blossom necklace, 1920–39, Navajo, maker unknown. Silver, Turquoise Mountain turquoise. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology (45626/12). Photograph by Blair Clark.
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.
People in the Southwest have used turquoise for jewelry and ceremonial purposes and traded valuable stones both within and outside the region for over a thousand years. Turquoise, Water, Sky presents hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrating how the stone was used and its deep significance to the people of the region. This comprehensive consideration of the stone runs through May 2, 2016.
A contemporary expression in turquoise, jett on silver bracelet by Na Na Ping.