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Our jewelry is crafted with only high quality stones and sterling silver. Each piece is made using techniques passed down through the generations.


The quintessential stone of the Southwest, turquoise has been used by the Native Americans since the very beginning. Most of our turquoise is mined in the United States; in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Each mine produces its own colors and kinds of turquoise. Stones can range from the pure robin egg blue to rich emerald to almost white. We carry stones from Kingman, Blue Diamond, Royston, Dry Creek, Golden Hill, and many more mines.

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White Buffalo

White Buffalo stone is mined in Nevada. It can be pure white, marbled, or mostly black in coloration. Contrary to popular belief, White Buffalo is NOT Turquoise.  It is similar geologically but recent study has proven that it is not actually turquoise. 

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Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli, or Lapis for short, is a blue stone mined in the mountains of the Middle East. Lapis often has inclusions of white, black, and golden colored pyrite.

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This deep green stone is primarily mined in the Ural region of Russia.  It has also been found in Africa, Australia and Mexico.  There is a lot of history and meaning behind the stone that varies across cultures.  

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Spiny Oyster

This eccentrically colored shell is found off the Baja Coast in CA.  The shades vary from bright orange, deep red, to even violet.  This shell is becoming a popular alternative to red coral.  The deeper the shell is found the darker the shell’s color becomes.  Visit our store to see examples of the shell in its unaltered form as well as the beautiful jewelry made out of it!

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Red Coral

Red Coral has a rich history of being used in Jewelry making across the globe and Southwestern Jewelry is no exception.  Red Coral Conservation has been a hot topic in recent years.  New legislation aimed at protecting this endangered species means that it is becoming rarer in jewelry usage.  However, artists who have been saving coral for a long time are still using it to create gorgeous pieces.   

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This gorgeous stone comes in a variety of colors and is mined in Australia and Ethiopia.  Opal is the only stone here at SFC that is synthetic.  Lab Grown Opal has become popular among artists because it is stronger and can withstand more than natural opal.  Don’t let that dissuade you! Lab grown opal is made in many gorgeous colors and will last a lifetime (and then some).

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(970) 224 - 1415

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