About UsWhat is T.Skies Co-Op?
Our MissionPreserve the quality & authenticity of handmade jewelry.
The T.Skies Co-Op was founded by the artists of Turquoise Skies Gallery, an established jewelry store in Albuquerque, NM that proudly displays the rich culture of the American Southwest. The artists recognized the many problems in the industry. Local jewelry artists were being abused and misrepresented. The non-profit Co-Op grew out of the desire to help these artists have fair opportunities and be properly represented.
Today, our mission has expanded beyond supporting existing artists to help train and give experience to aspiring artists. Through our K.I.T.A program and internship programs, we sponsor aspiring jewelers from underrepresented populations to learn the skills of jewelry smithing, encourage their unique artistic expression, and help keep our artistic culture alive.
Providing Workspace to Local Artists
T.Skies Co-Op offers workspace, access to tools, photography services, advisors to help artists start their own business, and collaboration for events and sales. Many of the tools shared by the Co-Op are difficult to purchase, such as a 3D printer, offering a real advantage to the artists. There is also access to various marketing platforms and social media available to members.
Promoting Quality and Authenticity
We are committed to fighting misrepresentation in the marketplace with both the authenticity of gemstones and Native-made jewelry.
Over the years, we have noticed an increase in the misrepresentation of precious stones in the marketplace. Unethical vendors sell fake and imitation stones as natural quality. Similarly, non-Native made jewelry has been advertised and sold as authentic Native American made.
Training the Next Generation
Through our K.I.T.A program and internship programs, we sponsor aspiring jewelers from underrepresented populations to learn the skills of jewelry smithing, encourage their unique artistic expression, and help keep our artistic culture alive. You can learn more about or apply to our programs on our Programs page.