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Current Exhibitions

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning

April 13, 2014 through May 2, 2016

Contemporary Bracelet
A contemporary expression in turquoise, jett on silver bracelet by Na Na Ping.

Large single cabochons and clusters of smaller stones on bracelets and rings
TWS-KL2_073_400ppi.tif Large single cabochons and clusters of smaller but precisely cut stone ornament Southwestern bracelets and rings. These pieces of jewelry date from the 1910s to the present and show turquoise at its best. (Courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology. Photograph by Kitty Leaken.)

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.



BRACELET
TWS-BC2_10189_400ppi.tif Bracelet, 1920–30, Navajo. Silver, Fox Mine turquoise. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology (10189). Photograph by Blair Clark.