Real Indian Jewelry by Ray Lovato

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:24 AM

Real Indian Jewelry by Ray Lovato

A favorite artist of just about everyone is Santo Domingo jeweler, Ray Lovato. Over the years, I’ve written several newsletters about him. One of the best newsletters, in my humble opinion, described a great afternoon that I spent with Ray in a Walmart parking lot trading turquoise for jewelry.

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The Zuni Silversmith and the Pepsi Machine

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:28 AM

The Zuni Silversmith and the Pepsi Machine

A lot of you know that my father was a Pepsi Cola dealer in Durango and got into the Navajo Rug business by trading Pepsi accounts for rugs with the trading posts. One of the jobs that I had before I got out of college was driving a Pepsi delivery truck and a couple of my routes were on the Northern Navajo reservation.

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More Jeanette Dale Jewelry with #8 Turquoise

Saturday, March 21, 2020 2:18 PM

More Jeanette Dale Jewelry with #8 Turquoise

A couple of months ago, we sent a newsletter that talked about one of our favorite silversmiths, Jeanette Dale, that featured a beautiful sterling silver necklace and earring set made with #8 Turquoise from a mine by that name in the Lynn Mining District of Eureka County, Nevada.

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A Necklace Made with a Unique American Turquoise

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 10:03 AM

A Necklace Made with a Unique American Turquoise

In the 1970s, when the #8 Turquoise Mine in Eureka County, Nevada was closing, Jeanette Dale was soldering circuit boards at the Fairchild Electronics Plant south of Farmington, New Mexico. 

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Coral and Turquoise Necklace

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:01 PM

Coral and Turquoise Necklace

The coral you find in jewelry really isn’t. It is a calcium carbonate skeleton that is produced by coral polyps that live in clean, rich tropical and subtropical oceans.


Coral has been used for jewelry back some 25-30,000 years. Many people around the Mediterranean, where most of the deep red coral was originally found, used it for jewelry. The Egyptians and Romans place high value on it.

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This Silversmith Does It All!

Friday, September 8, 2017 3:24 PM

This Silversmith Does It All!

The Fall Gallery Walk was founded in 1983 by the four original members of the Durango Gallery Association. Toh-Atin Gallery is the last one standing of the original group and we are happy that the Gallery Association continues to grow in both numbers and quality.

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Rocks, Gems, Fossils, Jewelry and more in Denver this weekend!

Many of our customers have been to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show during the winter. It's a huge show that takes up the entire city. It's become so big and so spread out that it is really overwhelming.

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Ben Nighthorse: Memories and Unique Jewelry

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 2:23 PM

Ben Nighthorse: Memories and Unique Jewelry

During the late 1960's and early 1970's, Indian jewelry was incredibly popular. Turquoise and silver jewelry was being turned out by shops in Albuquerque, Gallup, Farmington, Flagstaff and other "border" towns in massive quantities.

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The Great American Turquoise Rush 1890 - 1910

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 2:13 PM

The Great American Turquoise Rush 1890 - 1910

There have been several great books written about American Turquoise, most of them photographic and with basic background on the different mines. But, unless you really are an avid fan of the “Sky Stone,” they don’t do a lot to hold your interest. Now that has changed. 

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Trading Turquoise with Ray Lovato

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:25 PM

Trading Turquoise with Ray Lovato

Ray Lovato is the undisputed master of traditional Santo Domingo hand rolled, natural turquoise heishi. For decades he has worked with the finest natural stones and created beautiful necklaces.

Nearly all of the current heishi makers at the Pueblo now use treated or stabilized stones. Many do wonderful work and the difficulty and cost of obtaining natural turquoise combined with the difficulty of working it, results in the use of treated stones being preferable.

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