Sunwest Silver Co Inc is a family owned business that began with a young Ernest Montoya, just home from Vietnam, selling Native American handmade jewelry out of his car. By 1972 he had established what we know today as Sunwest Silver Co, the industry’s leading source for turquoise, silver charms & findings, and finished handmade jewelry created by the Southwest’s finest Native artisans.
Sunwest Silver Co owns and operates five turquoise mines in the southwestern USA and provides distinctive stones for artisans, collectors and manufacturers. Our Albuquerque location is home to one of the world’s largest private collections of turquoise, started by Ernest Montoya in the early ‘70s. Ask for a tour!