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The Zuni Indians of the Southwest live in a village in New Mexico that is approximately thirty-five miles south of Gallup. More than half of the tribal members are involved in creating unique handmade Indian jewelry. Zuni artists use stones and shells in their designs, and their fetish necklaces are considered by collectors to be their most original design contribution. The necklaces are crafted with a variety of miniature and delicate stone carvings of birds, bears, frogs and other animals. The animals are carved from turquoise, mother-of-pearl, coral, abalone, ivory and different types of shells, and are strung on strands of heishi, which are made by Santo Domingo Indians.

Zuni artists’ channel inlay patterns, cluster, needlepoint, and petit point designs are world-renowned. In the past, artists used stones obtained from traders, which included turquoise, pipestone, lapis lazuli, and malachite, to design intricate and very precise patterns. Many vintage pieces are adorned with Blue Gem turquoise, which is uncommon now. Zuni Indian jewelry is meticulously crafted and their ability to select unique and complimentary stones is remarkable.

Inlay involves the precise cutting of stones to fit together, most often in a mosaic pattern. This technique is a stone to stone inlay whereby the artist places stones directly against each other. It requires great precision of cutting to create the design while avoiding gaps. Channel inlay is a technique that involves setting stones into shapes or channels that are pre-molded from silver. The stone must match the border of the silver without adding filler. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, Zuni craftsman primarily worked with hand held tools; however, their inlay is anything but primitive. Their inlay work was so beautiful that it’s hard to believe it was done with simple tools.

Today, contemporary artists often use more modern powered tools, but the difficulty of their art is not diminished, and they now have a wider color range of colors to choose from. In addition to black jet, red coral, white mother of pearl, and blue turquoise, modern Zuni jewelry makers use stones like green gaspeite, orange melon shell, and purple sugilite.

Some of the more famous traditional Zuni artists include Leo Poblano, Leekya Deyuse, Mary Kallistewa, Frank Vacit, Mingos House, John Gordon Leak, Teddy Weahkee, and Dan Simplico. Today some of the most popular contemporary Zuni artists include Virgil and Shirley Benn, Rudell and Nancy Laconsello, H.L. Zuhnie, Dale Edaakie, V.M. Dishta, and Anselm Wallace.

 

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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