Few stones are as iconic to the Women of the American West than turquoise... It is a representation of strength, natural beauty and determination. It is a symbol of the American Cowgirl; the women of the west who ride horses, work cattle, tend to the animals, prepare home cooked meals and raise the next generation of cowboys and cowgirls.
My Great Grandmother was a woman of the west, a woman born and raised in Cody, Wyoming where she learned what it meant to raise cattle. After marrying, she moved to Texas where she continued to use her knowledge of cattle ranching to help run their family cattle ranch, which she did well into her 70’s after her husband passed away.
My first pair of turquoise earrings were a heirloom passed down to me from my great grandmother. When these earrings found their way into my hands, my interests did not yet include spending my days horseback gathering horses in rural Colorado. Yet, I felt a strong connection with those earrings that I still feel today. I think my Grandma Edna would be proud of the strong woman I have become. I especially know she would have loved the man I have chosen to spend the rest of my life with, the man who shows me real cowboys still exist.
These turquoise earrings are the inspiration that started Blue Roan Turquoise. They were my first connection to the wild west and will remain my favorite pair of earrings in my jewelry box until I too will pass them down to my daughter one day.
About the Owner
My name is Michaela and I am the owner of Blue Roan Turquoise!
I met my husband, Ken, in January 2019 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. We started dating in March 2020 and got married in April 2022. We were blessed with a little girl in September 2023 and we are so excited to introduce her to the lifestyle we get to live!
I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado where I graduated high school and late went on to graduate college. I attended CSU and received my Bachelor's Degree in Health and Exercise Science with the intention of perusing a career in medicine. After working in healthcare for four years, I applied for PA and nursing school. After two application cycles and rejection letters, I decided healthcare was not for me. This was right around the time Ken and I started dating. In hindsight, it was a blessing in disguise because a career in medicine would have hindered me from traveling and living the life I currently do with Ken and our daughter.
Ken has introduced me to a lifestyle that I thought no longer existed, the lifestyle of the true American cowboy. Our first adventure together occurred while Ken and I were still friends. He called me out of the blue one summer day and asked if I wanted to go to Utah that evening to pick up his best friend. Of course I was delighted to go. Little did I know that I would be asked to get on a horse for an unknown amount of time to gather cattle off the mountain. I told Ken I hadn’t rode a horse in over ten years, but he promised me that he had a gentle horse for me, one that would keep me safe. Spending the day horseback, I got to watch as Ken rode through bushes and brush at full speed. I finally understood how his black hat gets dirty and his clean pearl snap shirts get ripped. This was just the beginning. I started riding more frequently the following spring when Ken and I’s friendship grew into a relationship.
This western life Ken and I have built is full of joy, laughs, smiles and tears. From feeding horses, gathering them off winter pasture, sorting them or sitting in the shoeing shed, no one day is ever the same. Every night, I lay into bed thinking to myself how blessed I am to love the life I wake up to everyday. I get to marry a man who loves his horses almost as much as me, whose hands are dirty and calloused from working with them all day, and who leads me into adventure.
The Story Behind Blue Roan Turquoise
About The Brand
Blue Roan Turquoise exists today because of the continual support and encouragement from my husband, Ken. Watt, one of his saddle horses, was my inspiration for naming my business. Watt is a Blue Roan who is part of Ken's string and who is in all of the photos I have of Ken cowboyin'. Watt allows Ken to do what he loves, something that is obvious when you see him working. In addition to being a reliable teammate to Ken, Watt also keeps Ken safe while they are working, something I am forever grateful for.
Photo by: Tafra D Photography