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Old Pawn Jewelry

A wonderful selection of Old Pawn Jewelry from the 1920's to present time, which is made by some of the best Navajo, Hopi and Zuni artists in the American Southwest. This Jewelry features some of the finest Royston, Carico Lake, Kingman, and Landers Turquoise ever put into jewelry. Each Old Pawn item has a detailed description about it and is handmade by a Navajo, Hopi, or Zuni Native American artist.  

On Native American Indian reservations, any Old Pawn Jewelry or Native American art that is 100 years old is considered to be very old, antique, vintage, or ancient. Strictly off of a Native American Indian reservation, such as a Navajo reservation, old pawn represents genuine authentic Indian jewelry. Although it is the opinion of some pseudo-experts, old pawn was not jewelry that was originally made for pawn. It wasn’t a piece of jewelry that a Native American Indian has pawned, because he or she had financial woes, or needed money at that present time. For collectors of Native American antique vintage old pawn jewelry, the emotional attraction and value of old pawn Indian jewelry is that it was once owned, appreciated, worn, and used by actual Native American Indians. It is as an intimate relic of a people and a culture that is slowly disappearing into history.

Old Pawn Jewelry experts have researched Native American Indian Silversmiths and antique vintage old pawn jewelry, and they are convinced that most of the old silversmiths produced a higher standard of their art for Native American Indians, than they did for traders and other non-Native American Indians. When a Navajo man or woman wanted a piece of Old Pawn Jewelry, he or she went to a silversmith, usually a relative. The piece was customized to order, scaled to the individual’s size, and built. More often than not, the buyer furnished the old jewelry, silver, turquoise, or anything else that was needed. Old Pawn Jewelry serves many different and distinct  purposes, which include a decoration, a display of wealth, and also, could be used, as collateral against loans at a trading post. The pawn rack became an important and respectable part of the economic and social life of many Native Americans, such as the Navajo people.  Old Pawn Jewelry moved in and out of pawn shops at regular seasonal intervals, which were synchronized to the spring and fall, lamb, wool, and the harvest activities. Much of the Indian jewelry was removed from pawn during the summer dances and ceremonies, and it was returned again during the winter months.

The discerning Native Americans knew beauty and skilled craftsmanship; therefore, they would not wear poorly constructed or inadequate Old Pawn Jewelry. The quality and color of the turquoise may not have been the best; however, the craftsmanship was expected to be of high quality. The Navajo people kept their silver bright, shining, and untarnished by buffing, or brushing it with yucca suds and water. The amount of cash or credit advanced depended on the value of the amounts of silver and turquoise, as well as, the owner’s credit rating with the post. Native Americans rarely pawned all of their silver with one particular trader. Established traders set their own time limits with the individual, regardless, of the general law, which required traders to hold pawn for only thirty days. One licensed pawn rack in Gallup, New Mexico holds Old Pawn Jewelry in their vault for 90 days. If a loan contract is not paid or extended, it is displayed in a warning case for 30 days, before it is classified as old or dead pawn. Old pawn racks were rich sources of the jewelry created by the finest Navajo silversmiths of their day for the Native Americans. It was untouched by the influence of other people and cultures. If antique vintage old pawn jewelry could, it would be able to tell a story of happy times, times of sorrow, and ceremonials, as it has traveled along the path of Native American life.

 

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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