Jewelry will always be popular and with the current styles and trends found in Native American inspired pieces, this amazing jewelry can set the mood or tone for your whole wardrobe.
From the East to the West, Native Americans use unique and beautiful materials in creating jewelry. The specific style for Native made jewelry is often times formed from silver and intricate detailing of natural stone such as turquoise. Its highly ornamental diversity is one of the unique features of Native AMerican jewelry.
Enhancing the specialized look making the pieces some of the most recognizable styles available today, the Europeans contributed their ideas to the construction of traditional Native American jewelry pieces.
Some of the prolific tribes of Native American Indians that made impeccable jewelry can be included in the following.
Hopi - Their work with silver overlay is most known. It distinguishes their jewelry from others and are also known for their focus on cultural designs, animal and nature, as well as clan symbols as the signature of their work.
Navajo - The Navajo Indians used both abalone and white shells to create beautiful kinds of jewelry. Today, they are commercial commodities that are always appearing in mainstream jewelry selections.
Pueblo - Shale, a form of red clay, was used by the Pueblo Indians to create unique jewelry pieces. They are considered as the masters of turquoise and created almost every possible jewelry design with the use of this beautiful stone.
Zuni - Known for its intricate designs and the use of silver in lieu with lapidary work, the Zuni Indians have produced some amazing pieces. The focus of Zuni designs are based on stones, using silver as the main outline or frame for the design to fit. Tey are also very famous for their fetish animal, carved in precious materials and used as adornments to jewelry as well as submitting beautiful stones to their creation.
Many of the materials used today for the making of Native jewelry are found by the sea such as coral and spiny oyster. Also used are precious stones including opal, lapis, and the every famous turquoise. The metal of choice for most, if not all, Native made jewelry is silver.
Jewelry crafted by Native Americans is known around the world today. Even if they don't actually specialize in Native custom pieces, a quick look at most jewelry stores and you will see items that are inspired by beautiful Native American jewelry pieces.
By adding a single piece or many prized pieces to your jewelry collection, you too can experience these amazing and unique designs. Be sure you get an authentic Native American hand crafted piece as there are many designs offered for sale today.
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