In 1951 M.C. Winfield and his wife, Grace purchased the Villa Grove Turquoise Mine in Colorado. For more than thirty years following M.C. would become one of the most famous miners and providers of Turquoise in the industry. Owning and operating several mines across Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada, (Including the Lone Mountain M.C. provided turquoise of the finest quality and greatest variety in the industry. He would take these loose stones and sell them to local Native American artists and trusted traders who would use them to make beautiful hand crafted jewelry.
Since then the Winfield family has been providing the finest turquoise and supplies in the industry to Native artists. In turn they have also been purchasing the finished products from these amazing craftsmen. In 1972, Robert (son of M.C. and Grace) and his wife, Michelle, started Winfield Trading Company. This small 800 square foot, trading post, located in the heart of the Zuni and Navajo reservations became the outlet for them to provide these finished products to retailers and collectors world wide.
In 2006 Robert and Michelle’s youngest son, Justin along with his wife, Rebecca took over operations at Winfield Trading. They expanded the location in New Mexico to a 6000 square foot gallery and for the first time opened their doors to the general public. Since their humble start, Winfield Trading has grown to become one of the largest wholesalers of authentic Native American jewelry in the world. Their collection of fine Native American jewelry, rugs, pottery, carvings, paintings, baskets and sculpture is purchased directly from the artists and represents the work of over 3000 artists from six decades.
Owned and operated by Robert and Michelle's oldest son, Jason and his wife Barbara, Lone Mountain Turquoise Company is a stunning 3500 square foot gallery located in historic Tubac, Arizona. A small, historic artist colony set amid the breath taking desert of the Santa Cruz Valley, Tubac seemed to be a perfect home for the Winfield family to offer their first location in Arizona.
If you are just discovering Native American jewelry or are a long time collector, you will be taken in by the quality and variety offered in either location. With the knowledge of three generations of Native American and Turquoise trading and a treasured love and respect for the Native American artists and their work, a Winfield gallery will be your home for all things that are Authentic Native American made.