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ANTIQUE NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY
You may not realize it, but some of the best antique jewelry wasn't
made with gold, diamonds, or pearls. Navajo and other Native American
artists used silver, turquoise, coral, and other materials to create
unique and intricate pieces.
Antique Native American jewelry makes a great investment and now is a great time
to buy. A warning though that reproductions, which are less valuable than
authentic jewelry, are common. To increase your chances of finding
authentic pieces, we suggest looking for natural stones and a good
patina (the surface color formed from exposure to the air and human touch).
Here are some tips on the hottest styles of antique Native American
Navajo ingot jewelry
Authentic ingot jewelry will be heavy and non adjustable. Look for
indications that the piece was handmade, such as file marks and cracks
inside and around any design. Most ingot jewelry was hand pounded from
raw silver, and the absence of these marks indicates a machine-made
The absence of a signature is not a red flag, however. Any signatures
will be hand-etched — stamped signatures didn't appear until the
1940s and 1950s.
- Fred Harvey period jewelry
During the mid-1900s, Navajos sold handcrafted jewelry at trading
posts along Route 66 and outside the railroad station in Albuquerque.
Their business was aided by the Fred Harvey Company, which was
instrumental in bringing tourists to the Southwest.
Look for plenty of stamping, repoussé, and appliquéd silver work on
the rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Birds, arrows, and dogs were
favorite forms of Fred Harvey period artists.
Santo Domingo necklaces
During the Depression, many Native American jewelry makers couldn't
afford traditional materials. Instead, they used whatever they could
find to make "poor man's squash blossom" necklaces. Old
battery casings or 45 records became backings, while Bakelite,
toothbrush handles, medicine bottles, and combs were transformed into
- Zuni stone to stone jewelry
More colorful than other Native American jewelry, antique Zuni pieces
are distinguished by dark red coral and greenish turquoise stones.
When buying Zuni jewelry, check the color of the stones. Varying hues
of blue and green are an indication of natural turquoise. Over time,
oxidation and the oil in human skin will change the color of stones.
Greener turquoise is generally older.
However, if the turquoise is a consistent hue, you may be looking at
stabilized stones, which are less valuable than natural turquoise.
Stabilized stones have been injected with plastic to make them harder
and brighter in color.
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