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Local Experts: Santa Fe, Stephanie Pearson

By Local Expert Stephanie Pearson

Top Spots for Turquoise in Santa Fe

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Palace of the Governors Vendor Program

Palace of the Governors Vendor Program

The artists who sit under the portal on the north end of the Plaza are authorized participants in a program that has been promoting authentic, handmade, fine art for more than a half-century. To be authorized, the artist has to come from a registered Pueblo, the crafts have to be handmade with a personal stamp, and the stones are required to be untreated.  

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Ortega’s on the Plaza

Ortega’s on the Plaza

The Ortega family has been selling native jewelry since 1871, so they know a thing or two about how to determine the authenticity of turquoise. But beyond eyeballing a stone to determine its quality, the institution works with world-renowned artists with long-time tribal affiliations. 

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Silver Sun Santa Fe

Silver Sun Santa Fe

A Canyon Road institution for more than 30 years, Silver Sun publishes its own “Turquoise Guide” on its website that includes the mines they feature in the gallery. Beyond that, the company makes it a point to go straight to the source, always in search of miners who are working individual claims. 

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Santa Fe Indian Trading Company

Santa Fe Indian Trading Company

Frank and Agnes Dressman have been trading with Native American artists since 1952 and are a trusted name in Santa Fe. Their shop, Santa Fe Indian Trading Company, opened on the Plaza in 1982 to devote more space to their extensive collection of Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Pueblo jewelry, pottery, and art. 

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Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Gift Shop

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Gift Shop

In July 2014, the museum offered a two-hour “Turquoise Buying Seminar” by Garrick Beck from Natural Stones in Santa Fe. Wait for another class, then take what you learn directly to their gift shop and peruse their selection of contemporary and classic belts, buckles, bracelets, earrings, pendants, pins, and more with a discerning eye. 


Visit the Top Spots for Turquoise in Santa Fe

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Gift Shop
710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States
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Santa Fe Indian Trading Company
56 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, United States
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Silver Sun Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM 87501, United States
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Ortega’s on the Plaza
Santa Fe, NM 87501, United States
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Palace of the Governors Vendor Program
105 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, United States
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