Native American turquoise rings are one of the most popular types of Native American jewelry. Exquisitely crafted Native American men’s turquoise rings are highly sought after. Every Native American turquoise ring is of great artistry. Created using time-honored traditions, turquoise rings showcase aspects of Native American culture.
History of Turquoise Rings
The circular shape of rings represents the circle of life. Gifting rings to friends and loved ones is a 6000-year-old tradition. It is believed that when a person gifts a turquoise ring to someone, prosperity and good fortune are bestowed upon them. Native Americans often wear turquoise rings on multiple fingers on each hand.
Native Americans have used various natural materials such as shell, stone, animal bones, and wood to make rings. Early turquoise rings featured simple, plain band styles. After Europeans introduced metal smithing, Native Americans started using metals such as brass, copper, silver, and tin in their rings.
Designs were carved or engraved into metal rings. By 1890, Native Americans had become well versed in metal smithing and were able to carry out more complex work on their rings. Their newfound ability allowed them to create bezel settings for stones, which later became a characteristic of Native American craftsmanship.
Soon Native American turquoise rings gained popularity. They were inexpensive, featured intricate patterns, and were available in a wide variety of styles. As demand for Native American turquoise rings grew, Native American artists started using precious metals such as silver.
The Importance of Turquoise in Native American Culture
Turquoise’s tendency to change color when continually exposed to the elements sets it apart. Native Americans consider it a living stone in since it is believed that turquoise brings good fortune. The Navajo people hang turquoise from their ceilings or store turquoise stones in baskets to ward off evil spirits.
Native American warriors used to bring turquoise stones to battles, as it was believed that turquoise could protect the wearer from harm. Turquoise plays an important part in almost all Native American myths. One legend suggests that when it rains after a dry spell, human tears seep into the earth, and turquoise is formed. The stone holds a special significance in many Native American cultures and is used in various Native American ceremonies.
Native Americans also believe that turquoise has healing properties and can heal physically and mentally sick people. In many Native American cultures, the stone symbolizes life. Native Americans carry them in their sacred pouches or wear them around their neck in the form of beaded necklaces.