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Four Corners refers to the intersection of the state boundaries of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah; the only such four-cornered intersection in the United States. It occurs in the high, arid landscape of the Colorado Plateau, and the area is home to the Native American Navajo and Ute nations. The cliffs of Mesa Verde are to the north, and the stark and beautiful Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly are to the south. The turquoise jewelry from the region is famous for its distinctive beauty and elaborate design. Before the Spaniards arrived in the 1800s, most jewelry included turquoise and shell beads along with feathers strung on sinew, yarn or leather. In the later 1800s, the style of gemstones set in silver became more popular, especially for trading. The blue turquoise nuggets in this necklace and bracelet are from Nevada mines and the green turquoise is a relatively inexpensive import, and both have been resin-stabilized to improve durability (a common treatment for all turquoise). Like turquoise, copper and malachite occur naturally in the region, though lapis lazuli and coral beads would be items likely acquired by trade. Brecciated jasper is a common quartz with larger quantities of hematite for red-brown color and pattern. Cost: $140.00 USD
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