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Earrings Necklace Sets

Earrings Necklace Sets

The terms, Native American Jewelry and Indian Jewelry, bring to mind silver and turquoise jewelry created by the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. Artisans from the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and Santo Domingo tribes have gained a worldwide reputation for their unique jewelry. Many fine examples of jewelry have also been created by members of other Indian tribes.

Although Southwestern Indians have worn jewelry and jewelry sets made of pieces of shell, turquoise, coral, and other materials for centuries, Indian jewelry or Native American jewelry didn't really begin to evolve until the late 1800s. The Navajo Indians were the first to produce jewelry that required the working of metal, and their love of metal working can be traced to the Spanish arrival in the Southwest. The silver bridles and horse trappings of the Spanish conquistadors were admired and often stolen by during Navajo raids. When the area became part of Mexico, the Mexican silversmiths traded jewelry to the Navajo for sheep, and jewelry became a symbol of wealth.

Prior to 1850, a Navajo Medicine Man by the name of Atsidi Sani, convinced a Mexican blacksmith to teach him the art of working iron. Most historians consider him to be the first Navajo Indian to work with metal. There is also existing evidence that he later became the first Navajo to make silver jewelry. Following the Mexican War in 1848, the Southwest became part of the United States. In order to stop Indian raids, the government appointed Kit Carson to subdue the rebellious Navajo.

After the campaign, aimed at destroying the Navajo herds and crops, the starving Indians surrendered. In 1864, approximately 8500 survivors began the "Long Walk"? to imprisonment at Ft. Sumner in New Mexico. Many of the Navajo Indians did not survive the tortuous journey. At Ft. Sumner there was a blacksmith shop and many of the Navajos learned the trade. The first crude Indian jewelry was fashioned out of copper and brass.

In 1868, a peace treaty was signed and the Navajo returned to their homeland. The traders arrived in the area, bringing with them silver coins. The Navajo artisans began to use the coins to make silver jewelry. There were a few traders, including Don Lorenzo Hubbell, who realized the potential for Navajo Jewelry. In 1884, two Mexican silversmiths who were employed by the Hubbell Trading Post were instructed to teach the Navajo people how to solder and work with silver. Between the years of 1884 and 1899, turquoise stones started to appear set in the silver jewelry. This was a natural progression due to the Indians long time love for the stone.

In the early 1870's, the Zuni Indians learned silversmithing techniques from the Navajo silversmiths. Because the Zuni Indians weren't nomadic like the Navajo Indians and had permanent homes, they were able to use many tools that the Navajo could not easily carry with them. With the aid of lapidary wheels, they began cutting stones and using the silver to hold their stones in patterns. Today, Zuni silversmiths are known throughout the world for their lapidary skills. Traditional Zuni styles include channel inlay, which uses precisely cut stones set on silver to form figures and designs, and cluster and needlepoint, which requires setting small, similarly cut stones in geometric patterns.

Scholars believe the first Hopi silversmiths learned the craft from a Zuni silversmith because a regular trade route existed between the two Pueblos. Hopi jewelry is most often made without stones. The Hopi Indians are known for their overlay techniques. Overlay involves a design that is cut out of one sheet of silver and then soldered to another sheet as backing. The depressions create designs which are then darkened. Once the overlay is done, the silver is then bent into the form of the pieces of jewelry desired, for example a matching earrings necklace set. The outer layer of the pieces of jewelry is then polished, leaving the design dark. Animals are a large part of the Hopi religion; therefore, animal-like designs and ancient pottery designs are typical themes in Hopi Jewelry.

The Santo Domingo Indians do very little metalworking. For many centuries, they have fashioned necklaces of shell, stone, and wood. Today, they use more modern equipment to work with the same materials in a fine art form. The Santo Domingo Indians’ jewelry is characterized by the making of round beads from turquoise, shell, coral, and other materials, which are strung together into strands for necklaces and earrings or perhaps a matching Earrings Necklace set. The most popular beads are called heishi. Heishi beads are disks or tubes with a hole in the center that are strung together to form a flexible strand and most often of graduated size. Jewelry such as a matching Earrings Necklace Set is also made be combining pieces of coral or turquoise nuggets strung with the heishi or strands of polished turquoise nuggets.

Our collection of Earrings Necklace Sets is made by Zuni Indians, Navajo Indians, Hopi Indians, Santo Domingo Indians, and other Southwest Pueblo Indians. We also feature other matching earrings necklace sets or jewelry sets that are not made by Native Americans or Indians. There are turquoise earrings necklace sets, Sleeping Beauty turquoise earrings necklace sets, green turquoise earrings necklace sets, silver beaded earrings necklace sets, silver earrings necklace sets, coral earrings necklace sets, lapis earrings necklace sets, spiny oyster earrings necklace sets, magnesite earrings necklace sets, sugalite earrings necklace sets, Sterling Silver earrings necklace sets, onyx earrings necklace sets, and many more! Our Earrings Necklace sets are matching jewelry sets that accent any outfit for any occasion. Choose the one that will make a fashion statement for you!

Native Americans have been handcrafting jewelry since they first drew inspiration from their natural surroundings and transformed shell and stone into wearable jewelry. Some of the oldest discovered pieces date from over 10,000 years ago. The skilled artisans at Alltribes continue the age-old tradition and create captivating works of art that will surpass your expectations!

Alltribes is one of the rare workshops that you can actually come in and visit, and see Native Americans creating extraordinary pieces of jewelry. We are conveniently located near Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix, AZ in the historic town of Gilbert. Alltribes Native American Art and Jewelry blends ancient history, natural beauty, and unparalleled expertise flawlessly.

Our Jewelry

The design and quality of our Silver and Turquoise jewelry are unmatched and stand far above the rest. Turquoise conveys a special meaning as it has for centuries and in populations across the globe. Turquoise signifies healing, spirit and good fortune. The masterful techniques, our artisans incorporate this semi-precious stone into beautiful and intricate designs, draws customers from around the world.

You can own a piece of Native American artistry without spending a fortune. Alltribes provides deep discounts because we don't purchase our jewelry elsewhere. Our in-house artists and silversmiths create custom pieces without the extra expenses of middlemen, shipping and tariffs.

Our Local History

Gilbert, AZ provides the ideal location for crafting our Native American jewelry. The Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes have inhabited nearby lands for many thousands of years. Their eternal respect for natural beauty and their innate talent shines through in every handcrafted piece of jewelry.

Our dazzling, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes from a nearby mine in Globe, AZ. This unique and exceedingly rare turquoise is renowned for its hardness, durability, and gorgeous color. Our artisans preserve the natural beauty of this precious stone, so you can admire its elegance for years to come. A hand buffed polish protects the stones and heightens its natural beauty.

Our Tradition

In addition to Native American jewelry, Alltribes upholds the ancient traditions of Native Americans by offering more than remarkable jewelry. You can also own Hopi Kachina dolls, pueblo pottery, hand-dyed leather belts, dreamcatchers, tomahawks and other Southwestern and Native American artifacts, to beautify your home and your life. It is our pleasure, to help spread knowledge about the Native American culture to the general public.

As part of our continuing effort to inform and inspire, we offer a vast array of in-depth knowledge for those who want to learn more about Native Americans and the Southwest. Our online knowledge center is free for all and includes some of the most interesting and complete information available online.

Alltribes has been serving our valued customers for over 50 years, so you can rest assured that when you have a question or concern, we'll be right here, ready to help. When you purchase something online today, you never know if the company will still be there, next week or next month.

Alltribes' reputation and longstanding experience ensure you get more than just jewelry – you get a wealth of seasoned knowledge and exceptional service…..that you can count on! We consider our customers to be part of our extended family and we're proud to say that our family now spans continents. We'd love to have you join us!

In addition to our local Native American products, we offer distinguished wares, sourced from Native American tribes across the U.S. Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and other Native American artists provide one-of-a-kind items that we proudly offer to you, at direct to you prices!

Alltribes is much more than just a manufacturer, store and knowledge center. We keep a jewelry workshop on site. If you want a custom design, our silversmiths will work with you to turn your dream into reality. Have an idea for something new? Talk with our artisans and discuss how to bring it to fruition. And should your beloved jewelry ever need to be repaired, we help with that, too.

Whether you're a Native American enthusiast, a collector, a designer or simply someone who loves beauty, Alltribes showcases a diverse collection of superior artifacts, sure to satisfy even the most selective customer.