Hi, I'm Dana and I'm from a big ole (small) town in Tennessee lol my mother wore turquoise all her life, even when it wasn't cool lol and when she passed away I inherited her few small pieces and to feel closer to her I wore her stuff and that was the start of my obsession with this jewelry....3 years ago. My goal is to have a nice collection to leave to my daughters one day. I want to learn all I can about the jewelry and the people who make it and I want to be knowledgeable enough to be able to tell an expensive piece from a not so expensive piece. This site is life!!!! I have learned more from this site in a couple months than I have in 3 years! Unfortunately I have sold pieces that I thought were inexpensive but have now found out they were worth a lot more. But I vow to learn, so I can't thank everyone enough for the information you guys have shared!! Plus it's nice to be able to talk to people who have a love for the same stuff I do, being 33, none of my friends are diggin my taste in jewelry lol!