(10) Navajo Indian Turquoise Nugget Trade Beads 150+ Years Old

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Seller: paleoplus (676) 100%, Location: Gate City, Virginia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 133130283031 Hello from PaleoPlus!! At its simplest, turquoise is simply a bringer of good fortune. The Navajo would store it in baskets or hang it from the ceilings to ward off evil in the home, and they would surround the exteriors of homes or graves with it for the same reason. Warriors would carry it to battle to ensure strength and protection. Hunters would bring it on excursions to promote luck and safety. Tribes-people would give it as gifts or symbols of kinship. Understanding how often turquoise was depended on in day-to-day life really makes you realize why jewelry was the logical next step – adorning the body in this sacred stone is a convenient and attractive way to harness its power. In short, Navajo turquoise jewelry is a means to get in touch with the stone’s aura, rather than simply a fashion statement. Original trade beads. Excellent condition for their age. Show a good surface patina. Every purchase gets you 10 beads. The beads you get may vary just slightly in color and condition. Native American Trade Beads History: The first European explorers and colonists gave Native Americans glass and ceramic beads as gifts and used beads for trade with them. Native Americans had made bone, shell, and stone beads long before the Europeans arrived in North America, and continued to do so. However, European glass beads, mostly from Venice, some from Holland and, later, from Poland and Czechoslovakia, became popular and sought after by Native Americans. Europeans realized early on that beads were important to Native Americans and corporations such as the Hudson Bay Trading Company developed lucrative bead-trading markets with them. The Hudson Bay Trading Company was an organized group of explorers who ventured into the North American continent for trade expeditions during the 19th century. The availability of glass beads increased, their cost decreased, and they became more widely used by Indians throughout North America. Ceramic beads declined in popularity as glass bead manufacturers came to dominate the market because of their variety of color, price, and supply. Condition: Used, Condition: In excellent condition for their age and show a good surface patina., Origin: Navajo, Tribal Affiliation: Navajo

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