For over 25 years, Bonecutter Trading Co has represented award winning Navajo silversmiths. Many of these artists have been with us from the beginning. It's all about producing heirloom quality works of art, hand crafted, with top grade natural turquoise and other gemstones.
All of Bonecutters jewelry is solid sterling silver.
Semi Precious Stones
Bonecutter’s uses natural american turquoise. We have a long relationship with many miners and cutters who we see on a regular basis.
Red Coral is harvested mostly out of the Mediterranean Sea. It has been used for thousands of years by the Western civilizations in Europe and different groups who have lived in the Middle East. Most modern day coral is processed in and around Naples, Italy. The Native Americans first had access to coral from traders who traversed the Southwest looking to do business with the Navajos and Pueblo tribes.
SPINY OYSTER SHELL
The Spiny Oyster gemstone is actually the colorful shell that comes from the oyster species "Spondylus varius" also known as the Spiny Oyster or Thorny Oyster. "Spondylus" is Latin for "spines on its back". As the name implies, Spiny Oysters are covered with menacing spines. Spiny Oyster shell beads are unique, beautiful, and also difficult-to-harvest.
Spiny oyster can be found around the world typically along the coasts of North Carolina all the way down to the waters near Brazil, also in the Sea of Cortez, and off the coast of Baja Mexico and Baja California. The shells of the Spiny Oyster are rare finds and are especially treasured by Native American Indian artists for their beautiful red, pink, brown, yellow, orange, purple, and white colors.
One of the newer gemstones to come onto the market in recent years is Sugilite. Sugilite is usually not well known for its name; however, if you are into gemstones and minerals, you have already probably seen it. Sugilite is wonderful semi precious stone that comes in several colors, most notably a deep purple. Sometimes known as the Purple Turquoise, Sugilite is available in large masses and truly does have wonderful hues, especially when it is very deep purple.
Sugilite was founded in 1944 by the Japanese geologist Ken-ici Sugi. While only known for about 50 years, it is slowly becoming extremely popular, especially for its wonderful opaque purple color. Sugilite is made from a combination of many elements; however it mainly comes from potassium, sodium, lithium, iron and manganese. The primary source of sugilite is the Wessels mine in northern Cape Province of South Africa.
Variscite is a relatively rare phosphate mineral that is sometimes confused with turquoise. It is usually greener, however, than turquoise. Variscite is sometimes used as a semi-precious stone and can make distinctive color patterns that are very attractive. Variscite from Nevada typically contains black spider webbing in the matrix and is often confused with green turquoise. Most of the Nevada variscite recovered in recent decades has come from mines located in Lander County.
Gaspeite is a green stone that can range from light yellowish green to dark olive green. This beautiful stone is only found in two places in the world, the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, Canada from which its name is derived and from Western Australia. Both of these mines are played out so gaspeite is rare and more stone will not be available unless another source is discovered
Lapis is an opaque gem stone that may range in color from brilliant, to medium royal, to dark blue. Its composition consists consists of a mixture of several different minerals including the predominance of lazurite(25-40%), huaynite, sodulite, calcite, and pyrite.
Lapis gets its brilliant blue color from sulfur. The more evenly the color is distributed throughout the stone, the higher the higher the quality, and the greater the value. Lapis generally occurs with a speckled and strained consistency, with glittering inclusion of iron pyrite. If it is well distributed the beauty of the stone is enhanced.
Black onyx is really not an onyx stone at all. The black onyx used in most jewelry making is a died chalcedony. It has taken the place of the black jet used by the Native Americans up until about the late 1960’s.
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and owes its violet color to iron impurities and the presence of trace elements.
Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Natural citrines are rare; most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethyst.
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an olive green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow- to olive- to brownish-green. The most valued color is a dark olive-green.
Pure topaz is colorless and transparent but is usually tinted by impurities. Naturally occurring blue topaz is quite rare. Typically, colorless, gray or pale yellow and blue material is heat treated and irradiated to produce a more desired darker blue.
Gem quality iolite varies in color from sapphire blue to blue violet to yellowish gray to light blue. The name "iolite" comes from the Greek word for violet. The largest iolite crystal found weighed more than 24,000 carats, and was discovered in Wyoming, USA.