Archive for September, 2011

Native Jewelry

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Native Jewelry

Native Jewelry with Bisbee TurquoiseNative Jewelry styles were different in every Native American Indian tribe, but the differences were less marked than with other arts and crafts, because Native jewelry and the materials used for making it (beads, shells, copper and silver, ivory, amber, turquoise and other stones) were major trade items long before the arrival of Europeans in America. After colonization, Native jewelry-making traditions remained strong, incorporating, rather than being replaced by, new materials and techniques such as glass beads and more advanced metalworking techniques. There are two very general categories of American Native jewelry: metalwork, and beadwork. Before Europeans came native jewelry and Native American metalwork was fairly simple, consisting primarily of hammering and etching copper into pendants or earrings and fashioning copper and silver into beads. After Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo artists learned silversmithing from the Spanish in the 1800’s, native jewelry arts Native Jewelry - Inlay Turquoise Buckleblossomed in the Southwest, and distinctive native jewelry like the squash blossom necklace, Hopi silver overlay bracelets, and Navajo turquoise inlay rings developed from the fusion of the new techniques with traditional designs. Native beadwork, on the other hand, was already extremely advanced in pre-Columbian times, including the fine grinding of turquoise, coral, and shell beads into smooth heishi necklaces, the delicate carving of individual wood and bone beads, the soaking and piecing of porcupine quills, and the intricate stitching of thousands of beads together. The bead jewelry is still a major part of today’s native jewelry. All of the old forms of beadwork are still going strong, though imported Czech seed beads have been the favored medium among many Indian artists for centuries now. Today vintage native jewelry and modern native jewelry, especially Silver Jewelry, turquoise jewelry is extremely populare and collectible.

Vintage Native Jewelry from America

Vintage Native JewelryVintage Native jewelry around the world is valuable, especially vintage Native American Jewelry. The Turquoise used in Vintage Native Jewelry is very important, as it is a great way to further identify the authentic American Native Jewelry. Native Jewelry from America, especially silver jewelry, turquoise jewelry is especially popular and collectible.  Vintage native jewelry is known for its heavy construction.  A lot of the vintage Native American jewelry was made with heavy silver and large Turquoise stones.  Of all the vintage Native American jewelry and vintage silver jewelry from American some of the most collectible and most famous is the antique Navajo jewelry.  A lot of the vintage Native American Jewelry you will find in pawn shops or in a southwest silver gallery will be Zuni Native Jewelry such as Petti Point JewelryNeedle Point Jewelry or Inlay Jewelry.  Any type of Vintage Indian Jewelry you purchase will be well worth the investment, so never hesitate to invest in vintage or antique Native American Jewelry or vintage silver jewelry.

Modern Native Jewelry from America

Modern Native JewelryModern Native jewelry is comprised mainly of plain silver jewelry, gold jewelry, inlay jewelry, petti point jewelry, needle point jewelry, and navajo jewelry style with an emphasis on Turquoise Jewelry.  Learn more on our Native American presentation page or by shopping our selection of Native Jewelry.  You will find that Durango Silver Company handles a wide variety of silver jewelry including Turquoise jewelry, Indian jewelry, gemstone jewelry and gold jewelry.  We try our best to have a wide variety of HIGH END handmade jewelry at the best price.  We cary Turquoise Beaded Jewelry, silver jewelry – vintage and modern.

Thank you for your interest in our article on Native Jewelry.

Authentic Turquoise Jewelry

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Authentic Turquoise JewelryAuthentic Turquoise Jewelry

Durango Silver Company has just completed a new informational page on Authentic Turquoise Jewelry and would like to invite you to check it out. This is a presentation on Authentic Turquoise Jewelry by Durango Silver Company and from the American Southwest. It includes many photos and informational text of what you see in the photos, links and an abundance on authentic Turquoise Jewelry.

This page informs you on the difference between authentic Turquoise Jewelry and the vast amount of import Jewelry that has been coming onto the American marketplace in the last few years. Turquoise Jewelry has become popular worldwide these days and do to this it is being made in many areas of the world. The biggest problem with import Turquoise Jewelry is that  a lot of it is made with inferior materials such as fake Turquoise and fake Silver. Authentic Turquoise Jewelry from the USA is made with authentic Turquoise and real Sterling Silver, it has real value.

Authentic Turquoise Jewelry by Durango Silver Company

Durango Silver Company has been producing authentic Turquoise Jewelry for nearly 40 years, we take great pride in the authentic and natural American Turquoise that we use in our Jewelry as well as the attention to quality of the craftsmanship of the Silver work that goes into making outstanding authentic Turquoise Jewelry for our customers.

Authentic Turquoise Jewelry

Authentic Turquoise Jewelry is not cheap, Silver is now over 40.00 per ounce and authentic Turquoise has tripled in value in the past 18 months. The buyer of Turquoise Jewelry should beware if they are concerned that they are buying true authentic Turquoise Jewelry. Buy from reputable dealers such as Durango Silver Company and be informed that fake Turquoise and fake Turquoise Jewelry has infiltrated our marketplace.

Check out our presentation on Authentic Turquoise Jewelry now!

Silver Jewelry Information

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Silver Jewelry Information

There is a lot of silver jewelry information online. Some of this silver jewelry information is true and some is false, as is the case with most information you will come by, whether on the internet or elsewhere.  There are many books you can find in libraries or for sale that offer a wide variety of silver jewelry information. You can also find a wide variety of silver jewelry information on the internet.  You will find that every site that sells silver jewelry or gemstone jewelry will have some silver jewelry information.

Here is a brief historic silver jewelry information story:

Silver Jewelry InformationSilver is known by the mankind since Pre-History, and its discovery is estimated happened to shortly after that of copper and gold. The oldest reference to the element appears in the book of Genesis. The Egyptians considered gold to be a perfect metal, and gave it the symbol of a circle. Since silver was the closest to gold in perfection, it was given the symbol of a semi-circle. Later this semi-circle led to a growing moon symbol, probably due to the likeness between the shining metal and the moon glow. The Romans called silver argentum, keeping this as the international name of the element, from where its chemical symbol derives.

Just as gold, silver was considered by the Ancients an almost sacred metal and consequently, of extremely restricted use. Its malleability and ductility make it ideal for ornamental purposes. It was also used for paying debts, in personal and religious places decoration and in utensils of the wealthiest houses. 

American Silver Jewelry Information

Silver Jewelry InformationHere is some brief history and silver jewelry information on Indian jewelry as we call it today, probably has origins that predate the advent of the persons we describe as American Indians or Native Americans. However, for the purpose of this discussion, we will consider prehistoric man as prehistoric Indian. Archeological evidence shows us that stones (including turquoise), shells, and fetishes predate the Christian (epoch). Turquoise found in Hohokam excavations in southern Arizona dates back to 200 B.C. Likewise, turquoise from central Mexico dates back to about 600–700 B.C.; from South America, ca. 900 B.C. Other beads are even earlier. Silver Jewelry infomation dates back to the Spaniards and conquistadors who recorded silver jewelry history and taught these skills to the Native Americans.  Since this time the anglo artisans and Native American artisans have kept great track of silver jewelry information.

For more indepth silver jewelry information:

Visit: Durango Silver Company’s Silver Jewelry Information page