Discover the magic of Harpo
A way of life
Harpo’s adventure began in the 70’s when its founder, Gerard Nadaud, traveling in the Southwest United States, discovered the art of Native American jewelry. At 25, he went on a journey to conquer the Navajos’ territory, which extends over 65,000 km2 from Utah to New Mexico all through Arizona. He brought back with him the exceptional pieces that will make the reputation of his “small” business.
Very quickly, the quality and rarity of these jewels started to get noticed. Celebrities, fashion magazines and journalists raged about them, and stars wanted to be seen styled and dressed in their American turquoise jewelry. The craze is such that Gerard’s travels became more and more frequent, putting Harpo on a growth path.
Later Gérard passed on his passion to his daughter Dorothy who took the reins of the family business with the help of her two sisters Ella and Valentine.
Today, Harpo collection features over a hundred different artists among the creations displayed at the store. The artists creating these gems have turned the turquoise stone into an artform, producing mostly unique pieces, endless in their variations, breathtaking in their beauty.
Harpo is distributed throughout the French territory as well as abroad. The French brand has become the benchmark in the world of Native American jewelry.
Handmade by Native Americans
Harpo works from the beginning with hundreds of creators, all American Indians. Navajo, Zuni, Hopi or Pueblo. The art of jewellery making is among them an ancestral know-how perpetuated from generation to generation. Among these artists some have become renowned worldwide with fans clamoring to get their hands on their splendid jewellery.
Each piece is unique and signed by its maker. The natives always work following their inspiration. No two pieces are exactly the same, although the style and design of an artisan and his family are often recognizable.
Turquoise is the star of these jewels and is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. Harpo’s artists often use it mounted on silver alongside rich patterns that conjure up hundreds of years of history.
Since 1971, Harpo brought the world the most beautiful turquoise stones, exclusively from Nevada or Arizona. The Navajos – Indians of the High Plains – usually craft turquoise stone in its most natural shape, larger and rougher, in order to bring out the most striking jewellery.
Introduced by the Spaniards and Mexicans around the middle of the 19th Century, silversmithing Navajos obtained metal by melting down American silver dollars or Mexican pesos.
It is believed that Navajos began working with turquoise after returning from New Mexico in 1868. Aside from its ornamental value, turquoise is especially important to the Navajo people because of its ceremonial significance. The Navajos believe turquoise carries protective powers, and that turquoise jewellery brings good fortune to those who wear it.
Wearing Turquoise Today
Today fascination with this striking gemstone has never been stronger. Turquoise is associated with positive traits such as protection and healing. It is still believed to hold beneficial properties, like opening the heart and enhancing spirituality. It is a gem of emotional healing and well-being. As a gift, it symbolizes well-wishes, good health and hopes for future prosperity.
Turquoise is a versatile fashion statement. To offset its stunning color, wear it with white, gold and red, but don’t let the outfit become too flashy. Turquoise is eye-catching and shouldn’t be made to compete with other accessories and colors. As a trend it had its ups and downs, but today it is starting to attain that classic status and become a staple, like pearls. Enjoy the tranquility that comes from this most ancient of gemstones.