To the Navajo tribes of the American Southwest, turquoise has been an important symbol for thousands of years. Turquoise stones symbolize happiness, health, and luck. Turquoise also symbolizes a connection to the natural world because it can be found in shades of blue, green, black, and white – all colors found prominently in nature.
In addition to the symbolism, turquoise jewelry has also been important to the Navajo people as a status symbol. Wealth and social power is indicated by the size of individual jewelry pieces, the number of stones worked into them, and the amount of jewelry an individual wears.