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At ArizonaIndianJewelryandgifts.com we purchase goods from several American Indians, since few people that we are aware of, carry their birth certificate and or Tribel census card, we cannot prove who or who is not a member of any given Indian Tribe. Since we cannot watch over each and every person who makes jewelry we must add this disclaimer; Arizona Indian Jewelry and Gifts does not represent or suggest, either expressly or implied, that any given Artist or Artisan is a registered tribal member or certified as an Indian artisan by any Indian tribe, or that any items included on our site, or off, is "Indian Made", or "Indian Produced" or "Native American Made", as so defined within the terms of the "Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990". The determination of any such matters is left to the discretion of the public.
|Creating The Perfect Native American Jewelry And Art.|
The creation of Native American jewelry includes many different materials. The Navajo (Dine), Zuni, and Hopi tribes are known for pieces created from sterling silver, turquoise and a variety of stones. Some of the most widely used and popular stones in Native American jewelry are turquoise, coral, jet, and many different shells. The most popular stone by far is turquoise. The materials found are not limited only to stones, the Silver Tribes use, the use of wood, bone, seeds and plants all play a key role in creating a variety of designs in Native American jewelry and art. Depending on the silver tribes have available, as well as physical location, different materials are used to create the many forms of art seen in Native American Culture, producing many unique patterns and designs. These designs can be seen in our sterling silver pendants, our turquoise necklaces and Native American pieces, as well as the rest of our amazing artwork and collectables.
The American Indian Jewelry Styles By Tribe.
With many different jewelry styles and designs, American Indian jewelry offers a huge variety of traditional and contemporary Indian jewelry styles to choose from. Many tribes located in the American Southwest such as the Hopi are well known for their distinct overlay style using little or no stones, while Zuni jewelry artists are recognized for their work in inlay stones, channel work and animal fetishes. The popular Concho Belts and Squash Blossom necklaces, now embraced by many tribes, were made popular by the Navajo Indian (Dine) Tribe, and many of the beaded Indian jewelry you see on our store/site, originated with the Pueblos and Santo Domingo Indian Tribes. Jewelry from these tribes is not limited to Turquoise items or a specific style. There are many different and beautiful styles, with unique stones that create this unique and beautiful art! Whether it is small and intricate or bold and lavish, with the limitless variety and style of Native American Indian jewelry, we offer something for everyone, including the children.
Hopi artists craft beautiful jewelry styles which are traced back to silversmiths in the 1800s. Today, Hopi Indian silversmiths are known for an overlay technique and produce some of the most unique and interesting jewelry available. Turquoise is among the most popular stones found in American Indian jewelry and this various colored stone can be found in, Navajo jewelry, Kokopelli jewelry and Zuni jewelry, just to name a few. There are hundreds of Native American tribes across America and each tribe as well as each artist, have their own style and designs which make every piece of jewelry and artwork unique and special in its own way.
American Indian Jewelry Origins.
Throughout their history, American Indians from coast to coast have used their local natural resources for manufacturing American Indian jewelry and art. Used for both utilitarian and ornamental purposes, the variations of Native American jewelry are as rich and diverse as the indiginous cultures that created them. Indian jewelry and art arose from different needs, depending on economic and spiritual beliefs. It may have been the Iroquois who used beadwork as a means of trade, and Navajo (Dine) Indians used jewelry making as a source for economic survival. Other tribes such as the Apache, Zuni, and Santo Domingo Indian Tribes wore jewelry to communicate historical successes, spiritual favor, and to gain supernatural powers. An abundance of semi-precious stones in the American Southwest allowed the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi Tribes to develop the skills necessary to become master artisans of these beautiful gemstones. With the introduction of western civilization, during the nineteenth century, the Spanish introduced the silversmith craft to the Navajo (Dine) Tribe. The quality of silver tribes used in making jewelry added greater value to each piece of jewelry which in turn added wealth to the owner of the jewelry itself.
American Indian Jewelers and Artists.
Experienced American Indian jewelers integrated both old and new concepts to develop some of the most recognizable pieces of American Indian Jewelry found today. From turquoise jewelry, earrings, bracelets and pendants to turquoise necklaces, from bolos to belt buckles, the Navajo have intertwined the shimmering beauty of silver with turquoise and other stones that have created a unique beauty which will endoure for generations to come.