Twisted wire metal working for jewelry making is a very old Navajo technique, and can be found in vintage and Old Pawn jewelry made by Southwestern tribes. Sterling Silver drops are also a design element that you will see frequently in Native American handmade jewelry.
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is one of the most recognizable of all North American turquoises. Beloved for its solid blue stone with no matrix, and ranging in color from bright royal blue to pale sky blue, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes out of the ground near Globe, AZ. As of today, the mine is closed for production, which has greatly increased the value of Sleeping Beauty stone in all forms.
Onyx has long been used for carving and jewelry, and is a favored stone often seen in Native American inlay work, or as cabochons or beads.