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by Skylar Glandon
March 14, 2019
As promised, we have returned from our final trade show with a bundle of new Native American jewelry goodies. We visited some of our favorite artists and found some really amazing pieces that I cannot wait to show you. I have a lot of work to do photographing and adding these pieces to our website and I hope you will be patient with me. This post is just a quick overview of some of the wonderful things that we found. So without further ado, let’s dive in!David Rosales JewelryWe keep very busy at all of the different trade shows that we attend. There is often so much to see and do that it can be absolutely mind-boggling. There are times when my parents and I have to split up to get everything done in time. We have dozens of companies and salespeople to meet with all while searching for new items that our customers will love. Back in our hotel room, we will spend nights going through catalogs and discussing what products stood out to us. Believe it or not, even after 45 years we still get some things wrong. These trips are definitely a lot of work and we do our best to find products that you will all love.That being said, each trade show has certain elements that we really look forward to. On this final trip, visiting David Rosales is our favorite part. David is our most popular Native American jewelry artist and he never fails to impress us with his stunning designs. At these shows, we stock up on some of our favorite collections and he always seems to tempt us with new collections. We love seeing new designs and there are always a few fun, crazy ones that really push the boundaries of Native American jewelry. Here are some things that really stood out to me:Sonoran Gold TurquoiseDavid teased this new turquoise a couple of months ago and I was very excited to see it. Sonoran Gold Turquoise has a deep green color with beautiful gold matric running through it. It’s a brand new turquoise mine from Mexico that has just hit the market. It’s so new that we saw it for the first time from several different Native American jewelry artists. I don’t want to say too much about the Sonoran Turquoise yet because I plan on writing an entire post dedicated to it. I will say that I believe it is one of the most beautiful and exciting new stones in years. Stay tuned for more information about this!Blue Sky CollectionThe Blue Sky Collection is one that David Rosales debuted last fall and we picked up in November. It has lapis lazuli, denim lapis, and created opal inlaid in a cobblestone fashion. It’s a lovely color combination that Susan, my mother, absolutely fell in love with. We were a little hesitant to totally dive in with this new look (we can only buy so much) so we tried out a few pieces for the Christmas season. It received a lot of great reception and almost every piece went out the door. I don’t have a lot of this shown on our website but I will try to add some more pieces. I encourage you to check it out, the Blue Sky Collection is a totally unique look for Native American jewelry.Indian Summer Collection
While we picked up new pieces in almost all of our collections from David Rosales, I think Indian Summer was what I was most excited about this year. This is a classic look for Native American jewelry that is full of wonderful color and never goes out of style. It has a number of different stones, including turquoise, spiny oyster shell, and lapis lazuli. As the name suggests, it is perfect for warm summer days and is another Susan favorite. It seems like Supersmith has rededicated themselves to this look by bringing out some really vibrant new pieces. There were a few of these that had some really impressive inlay work, further reminding us that these are some of the most talented Native American jewelry artists in the world. As with all of these, I will try to get new pieces added quickly so you can see what I’m talking about.Other Turquoise JewelryDavid Rosales is not the only Native American jewelry supplier that we see on this trip. We also load up on a lot of our regular, non-inlaid turquoise jewelry during this show. Another new stone was White Water Turquoise. It has a very pretty blue color with a nice matrix. The color is sort of muted compared to other stones, but it is quite pleasant. We found a single pendant and earring set with this that just had to come home with us. I would love to find more of this in the future because we are always on the hunt for fresh looks in our Native American jewelry.
There were a few Number 8 Turquoise pieces that we brought home as well. Unfortunately, this seems to be getting more and more difficult to find each year. There was a time when Number 8 Turquoise was one of our most popular. The popularity has not decreased, only its availability. Boulder Turquoise was another staple that we searched for but had trouble finding. It makes me very sad to see beautiful material from many of the American turquoise mines becoming depleted. That is another reason why new additions, such as the Sonoran Gold Turquoise, are so exciting.That just about covers most of the new things that we brought back from our recent buying trip. I think I covered all of the most exciting additions, though I am undoubtedly forgetting some. Please stay tuned for more information about all of this new Native American jewelry. I hope this post has sufficiently piqued your interest and I plan to show more soon. I am currently in the process of photographing and new items are being added almost every day. As always, thank you for reading and please contact us with your questions and feedback about this new Native American jewelry.
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