About Us

 

Blue Mountain Turquoise was created in 1981 by Danny Riccitelli as a means of survival between jobs. He sat up a little shop in the tiny Village of Reserve, NM and began designing and selling inlaid stone handled knives. As often happens when you lest expect it, the Great Spirit leads you down a new path to places you never imagined. When the anticipated call came for the job Danny had been waiting on, he realized he had discovered his passion in life and made the decision to pursue this new career, and turned down the job offer. It has been an interesting and rewarding experience and one he has never regretted in the thirty something years he has followed this trail.

The trade name Blue Mountain Turquoise  is derived  from a small boy's pursuance of a dream.   As a lad, Danny saw people leave the home town  and travel to  the distant mountain range to work in the mines.  These mountains appear  Blue in the distance and he came to  think of them as magical  mountains, because when people came down from the mountains they had exciting stories of adventure and success, and he spent many an hour dreaming of the time he too could work in those "Blue Mountains" and have his own adventures and success.  He did work in the mines  eventually and what he learned was that indeed there is  magic in the mountains of life, and to find this you must follow your heart, even when the journey takes unexpected twists and turns.

In 1984, Marva joined Danny and Blue Mountain Turquoise and the two began a special artistic teamwork that has carried through the years.  In 1998, Blade Magazine awarded master inlayer Danny Riccitelli with the Investor/Collector Knife of the Year Award.

Now  more than 30 years later the artists, Danny and Marva Riccitelli of Blue Mountain Turquoise, are delighted to share our enthusiasm and experience to design a superior quality product that is sure to bring years  of enjoyment and is destined to become heirloom art works.  We are constantly researching and pursing new and innovative ways to improve and bring you, our faithful audience the most exquisite and beautifully crafted knife handles and jewelry available.

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