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Throughout Indian lands the trading posts serve as pawn shops. When Native Americans need money, they can pawn or sell the artwork and jewelry they have made or collected. This is one of the ways older vintage jewelry and artwork comes onto the market. In some cases the items are pawned: traded for a small loan and kept on hold with intent to redeem the items later when the loan is repaid. If the loan goes unpaid for the contractual length of time, the items are considered "dead pawn", also known as "old pawn", and can be sold by the trader as payment for the loan. Sometimes the term "Old Pawn" is given to vintage or antique Native American items that have been acquired from long time owners or from personal collections. Any Native American jewelry may be give this name if it is tarnished or worn, although it did not come from a pawn shop or reservation trading post. The item may not even be very old, but overall the term means that the item is authentic and pre-owned.

Referring to an item as Antique usually means that it meets a certain age requirement. According to the US customs office, anything 100 years old or older is officially antique. But the true definition of Antique involves the concept of times past. If an item is considered to be from a different era or time period in human society, and is also fairly rare, then it may gain antique status without being 100 years old. Many web sires makes a distinction for antiques at 1930 and before, which is not quite 100 years. Many now see World War II as the distinction where items from that era are grouped together in the WWII era category and anything older is officially antique.

 

Welcome to Alltribes.com!

  We have been serving the Native American/Southwestern jewelry industry for many years, and we are the online leaders in Native American jewelry.  First time visitors on our website are probably wondering, just who we are, and what has made us so popular.  We are a wholesale dealer, who stands behind our products.  All of our products are genuine, including the Southwestern artifacts that we sell, as well as, our jewelry.  We believe in accurately representing our products. If you have any questions or concerns, whatsoever, please let us know.  We will be happy to clarify them for you.  Alltribes has received terrific reviews from all corners of the world.  We are known, as a trend-setter in the world of both Native American jewelry and fashion jewelry.  We remain committed to getting this information out to every Native American enthusiast out there. These are the principles that we represent.  Alltribes prides itself on its extensive collection of Native American jewelry, Kachina dolls, pottery and artifacts. We have never lost sight of the cultural impact that has been left by the American Southwest. It is especially, seen by the artworks that the Native Americans have left for all of us to view.  The Navajo, Hopi and Zuni tribes tell only a part of the legendary tales that defines the desert.  Alltribes is, also, at the front of the social media revolution. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are just some of the places that you can find high quality pictures, as well as, special discounts and savings on Alltribes’ jewelry.  We have come a long way from the days of yesteryear, when we first started out on our venture.  We can boast that Alltribes has been in the making for about, fifty-plus years. It began when our original owner sold his first two rings for $20.00, and, then, decided to make his mark on the industry by starting our business, Alltribes!  At one time, we had stores in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona, but then, the internet came on the scene, and we made the change.  We therefore, converted over to our online stores, and the rest is history.

When you shop at Alltribes, you will find a vast array of jewelry.  We boast the largest collection of turquoise jewelry, which is genuine.  We deal with Sleeping Beauty and Kingman Turquoise, which is native to our area.  We purchase our stones directly from the miners, so that there is no middle man to deal with.  Then too, we also, can offer handmade jewelry pieces that can be made right here in our shop, in Gilbert, Arizona, by Native American Artists/silversmith that can design, customize and create.  We boast the largest selection of turquoise jewelry, silver jewelry and also, other gemstones with many of our designs.  We also, have an exquisite collection of jewelry pieces that includes, inlay rings, dangle earrings, pendants, belt buckles, watches and bolo ties.  Most of these pieces are formed with silver by our silversmith.  Alltribes’ focus is to create fashionable items for all walks of life.  We can create for the conservative or for the bold enthusiast.  We can guarantee that you will find something in the Alltribes’ collections that will help you make that special connection. Southwest and Native American jewelry has experienced a surge in popularity, over the last decade. For further information, please contact us, we will be happy to offer you our expertise and assist you!

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