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Retrospective on Indian Market - Part 2
Indian Market was Old Home Week for us “old-timers.” The air charged with the excitement of seeing long-time acquaintances after a long absence. I have so much respect and love for all the artists I know, long-time customers, and colleagues. I saw a number of former employees, talking to the most respected people in the Native Art world, like Gene Waddell, Jackson Clark, and others. I met several respected dealers I had not met before: the Tanners, Chaneys; Dennis June.

The show at the Hilton looked great. Count on Ernie Montoya for showing us new finds from turquoise mines – Egyptian, Kazakhstan, and of course his Carico Lake. It was good to be taken care of by Kimberly Sanchez.

The Eldorado had so many vendors with great artistry, fine turquoise, and antiques. There you could hardly move for the crowds!

Thanks for lunch Susan and Rich … see you next in Chicago!

The four days of openings, shows, and above all the artists and old friends charged me up to continue chasing my passions. Thank you all. Come by our shop in Old Town or on the net, or touch base with us via Facebook. We’d love to see you! http://ow.ly/ZPmI30lBJN0
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Retrospective on Indian Market - Part 1
Historic Santa Fe is the perfect location for Indian Market. This was year 97. I’m happy to say it was a successful market for most everyone. These were the biggest crowds I’ve seen in 8 years. Everyone I talked to was having a great show. The atmosphere was intense and upbeat.

It felt strange not being on Canyon Road. I heard over and over, “I thought you were retired.” I can’t retire from a passion! I am retired from Canyon Road, but we are still in Old Town Albuquerque, where we take care of old accounts, have production, and run our internet. We have lots of turquoise jewelry and you will find Kathleen Sanchez and our in-house silversmith, Bryant Martinez, here every day. So, check out our shop at 116 San Felipe Street NW in Albuquerque. I come in Monday and Tuesday, usually, and by appointment with customers. How could I leave this love of turquoise?

Turquoise enchanted me my first year in New Mexico – 1969 – and has had me under its spell ever since. Last weekend I looked at a whole lot of turquoise and got all charged up again! The best of turquoise dealers were in town and the ones who were not set up were walking around buying. Nope. I am not retired. When I go, I will probably “drop” from counting carats! http://ow.ly/qfUB30lBJR8
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Bryant just made this bold bracelet from one of the new Natural Blue Gem stones. Look at all the details of his silver work and take a closer look at this spectacular stone! http://ow.ly/O4WV30l1YGX
Natural Blue Gem Bracelet
Natural Blue Gem Bracelet
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New Blue Gem Stones that display the varied looks of Blue Gem.
Etta & Randy are making jewelry with these stones as we speak!
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Natural Blue Gem Zia Pendant
The Zia is a sacred symbol of the Circle of Life. It was found on a 19th century pot.
The Four Directions. The Four Times of Day. The Four Seasons. The Four Stages of Life. http://ow.ly/lCuL30l6iY4
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A handsome Natural Blue Gem ring http://ow.ly/Kozw30l2YU9
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A fun example of two Blue Gem stones in a pendant! http://ow.ly/7JoT30l2YHH
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This pendant (private collection) displays the high quality and classic colors for which Natural Blue Gem is known.
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Here are pictures of our Blue Gem stones in every shade of green and blue turquoise imaginable; and of our newest Blue Gem stones. The Blue Gem mine site, located near Battle Mountain, is no longer active. It produced a great variety of turquoise, from intense blue to deep green combinations with a hard, irregularly distributed matrix. The Battle Mountain or Blue Gem mine, which began production in 1934 yielded the most valuable Blue Gem turquoise because of its rich color and hardness. Of the several Nevada mines that are named Blue Gem, the Battle Mountain mine is the largest and most famous. Blue Gem turquoise tends to form in very thin slab forms rather than nugget, although the largest nugget ever found weighed 178 pounds.
This mine was one of the deepest with lots of underground tunnels. Blue Gem closed in the 70's and there does not seem to be much available today. http://ow.ly/i/GSHNg
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This pendant (private collection) displays the high quality and classic colors for which Natural Blue Gem is known.
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