Our next stop in our summer travels is the expansive desert of the American Southwest! With its soaring mountains, wide open spaces, and windblown small towns, this spectacular region can sometimes take on a dreamlike quality. We hope you’ll find the accessories to be found here equally captivating.
|Southern Gothic Ring $20 | Triangle Stone Bracelet $15 | Oval Stone Bracelet $15|
You can’t talk about Southwestern jewelry without mentioning turquoise. Turquoise is a bright blue stone typically found in dry climates all over the world. It has been used in jewelry ever since the days of ancient Egypt and China. It was especially common in the Persian Empire because of the nation’s rich turquoise mines. Persian noblewomen would wear turquoise pendants as charms against accidents and injury.
|Nine Lives Beaded Necklace $30 | Lydia Necklace $20 | Southwest Teardrop Earring $15|
In the United States, the Native American tribes of the southwest also held the mineral in great esteem. The Navajo thought the stone brought good luck, while the Apache believed that adorning a bow with turquoise would improve the archer’s aim.
When settlers brought European-style jewelry to the area in the 1800s, the two styles fused, giving us the Southwestern jewelry that we know today. It combines tribal motifs, such as turquoise and amber stones, with metals such as silver and gold. Fringes are abundant, based on the fringed buckskin clothing of the frontier. While New Mexico is famous as the home of Southwestern jewelry, it can be found from California to Texas, and now here at lou lou!
Southwest jewelry is a timeless transitional trend that we think you’ll love as much as we do. Check out even more of our favorite pieces of this trend here!