It’s summer time once again and that means beautiful colors are all around us. Whether it’s the green of the grass or the picturesque flower gardens, summer is full of color. Just as nature blooms in the summer, so too do people. As temperatures warm we stow away our gloomy winter attire for richer, more vibrant colors. Since our outfits change in the summer, why not our jewelry? Summer is a wonderful time to express ourselves with our jewelry. Fortunately, Native American jewelry is full of vivid colors.
The Native Americans use a variety of stones in all ranges of color that are perfect for this time of year. In fact, I’d be willing to say that it’s nearly impossible to find an outfit that can’t be matched with some sort of Native American jewelry. Of course, the Native Americans are best known for their turquoise jewelry. Turquoise is a stone that is full of color and perfect for the summer season. Most people think of turquoise as simply one color, however, turquoise stones come in a variety of shades. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise has a deep blue color with little matrix running through the stone. On the other hand, Number 8 Turquoise has a lighter hue with lots of brown matrix in the stone. Some, like Damele Turquoise, even come in dark greens. Yes, turquoise jewelry is perfect for the summer months and the nobody does it better than the Native Americans.
Beyond turquoise, Native American jewelry comes with stones of all sorts in many different colors. Spiny Oyster Shell is commonly used in Native American jewelry and comes in red, orange, yellow, and purple. A lot of our Native American jewelry contains Spiny Oyster Shell with several colors all in one piece. Along the same lines, Coral is also commonly used in Native American jewelry. While coral is often thought of in red, it is found in a variety of colors. But if you really love colorful pieces, then look no further than Native American inlaid jewelry.
Inlaid jewelry really captures an artist’s true creativity. There are endless ways to create inlaid jewelry and some of the colors are incredible. For example, David Rosales is our most popular Native American artist and he names each one of his color combinations. His most colorful design is called Indian Summer. It has turquoise, spiny oyster shell, gaspeite, sugilite, and lapis all inlaid together to form some of the most colorful jewelry imaginable. Like its name suggests, the Indian Summer collection is a perfect look for these beautiful summer months.
This is a great time of year for almost any Native American jewelry. Whether it's turquoise, spiny oyster shell, or any of the colorful stones used by the Native Americans, this is the time of year to really enjoy it. Since we are no longer bundled up in bulky winter clothes, why not show some flare with some gorgeous jewelry? No matter how you do it, make sure to enjoy these warm, colorful months of summer.
Check out some of our colorful Native American jewelry here.