The items seen on our Old Pawn web pages would have a long, probably sad, story to tell if they had the ability to tell us their history. In times past, the people of this area made, wore, and treasured their turquoise jewelry as not only a thing of adornment, a protector of good health, but also as portable wealth. They still do so - the lucky ones. Not having ready access to banks, or cash money, this turquoise jewelry would often serve as the family "reserve" or "emergency" fund. Also, the turquoise is thought of as a healing and protecting agent.
In times of need, this turquoise jewelry could be easily used as
security with an authorized trader (pawned) for cash to meet the current
crisis. Then, when the crops came in, or the sheep were shorn - or
whatever - the turquoise jewelry could be redeemed and take its place
back in the family.
And, often, when the elders of the family die, the items are pawned, and the money is divided up within the family. Us other Americans do basically the same thing, except we call it "Probate" and a large part may go to some lawyer somewhere.
That's where we enter the picture. We scour these pawn shops on
and near the Reservations to find these items. From our Trading Post
to Window Rock (on the Navajo Reservation), to Zuni Pueblo (on the Zuni
Reservation), and back home, is a 827 mile round trip. It's not an
easy thing. The miles are over twisty mountian roads, or desolate
deserts in this part of the world. At the same time, we
feel deeply for those who have lost their treasures.
When we find this turquoise jewelry, and buy it, we can't help but think about its history. The mystery surrounding it. These are not "tourist trap items", nor cheap imports. These were part of someone's life. Somehow, we handle it a little more carefully. We don't polish it - we don't remove the signs of wear - the signs of use. It really meant something, to someone. We hope that it means something special to that someone who finally ends up with it. Maybe that someone is you - then again - maybe . . . . . . . .
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