Native American Jewelry
Jewelry styles differ in every American Indian tribe, but the differences were less marked than with other arts and crafts because the materials used for making it were major trade items long before European arrival in America. There are two very general categories of Native American jewelry; metalwork and beadwork.
After the Navajo and Pueblo artists learned silversmithing from the Spanish in the 1800s, metal jewelry arts blossomed in the Southwest, and distinctive Native jewelry, like Hopi silver overlay bracelets and Navajo turquoise inlay became available. The squash blossom necklace came into being and was fashioned after the beautiful horse bridles the Spanish used. Native beadwork was extremely advanced from pre-Columbian times, including the fine grinding of turquoise, coral, and shell beads into smooth heishi necklaces and the delicate carving of individual wood and bone beads.
SHIPPING NOTE: Our website estimates shipping at 18% of the cost of the item. With jewelry, the amount that shows on the invoice is quite high. Please be assured that these wonderful pieces of jewelry generally will be shipped at a cost of around $10.00-20.00.