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Turquoise Tour

Turquoise has been treasured as a gemstone by different cultures for thousands of centuries. In the Southwest United States, many indigenous cultures hold turquoise in high regard for its beautiful color and protective properties. For instance, in the Navajo tradition, turquoise is seen as a protective stone, and children are often given their first piece within hours of their birth. Turquoise is a mineral that is created over time as rain falls to the earth, where it runs through the soil and picks up naturally occurring minerals, such as iron and copper. The water continues its journey into the earth and travels through...

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10 cool things you never knew about Sterling Silver!

10 cool things you never knew about Sterling Silver!

Almost every piece of jewelry here at Nizhoni Traders LLC features fine Sterling Silver in one form or another. Have you ever been curious about how it's made, what makes it special and it's history? Well look no further, allows us to satisfy your curiosities!   Sterling Silver is almost always stamped with a "hallmark." These will usually be the word Sterling, STG, SS, 925, or 92.5. The 925 or 92.5 stamp means that the piece is 92.5% pure sterling silver and 7.5% other metal alloys. Pure silver bears a rating of 99.9% silver. This silver is too soft and...

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Artisan Spotlight: Chimney Butte

You may have noticed that we carry a lot of different Native American artist's jewelry. One of the many artists we are happy to carry is Chimney Butte, a famous Native American artist originally from Arizona, who now lives in New Mexico.  He was introduced to pottery, carving and jewelry making as he was growing up in Arizona, and that is where the seed of self expression was first planted. Chimney Butte uses his art as a his own personal method of self expression, inspired by the things in his past and the love he feels for his family.  Chimney's...

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