American Indian Jewelry

American Indian jewelry has deep historical meaning and is very unique. While the jewelry making styles were different in each American Indian tribe, the differences were really not that great. Each tribe had access to the same tools and materials that were used in making jewelry. While most of the materials and tools were made from “nature” others were acquired through trading with the Europeans. The two general styles of American Indian jewelry that were made include beadwork and metalwork.

Prior to the Europeans settling into the New World, metalwork jewelry was made by American Indians through hammering and by etching copper. Once American Indians learned silversmithing, American Indian jewelry became very detailed, intricate, unique and distinctive.

Unlike metalwork jewelry, beadwork jewelry was very advanced prior to the Europeans arriving in the New World. Bead making was a fine art and pieces of jewelry with thousands of beads were common. Beads were made of turquoise, shell beads, wood, bone and coral. 

If you are looking to purchase American Indian Jewelry, you should know that the best jewelry is not imitation. You should look for American Indian Jewelry that is authentic and made in the United States. This jewelry is made by individuals who understand the detailed, unique and intricate markings and handiwork of American Indian Jewelry. Through their work these jewelry makers (both American Indians and Anglos) are continuing to carry on the history of the American Indians.

Since the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, you can be assured that any jewelry that is advertised as authentic American Indian will be authentic. It is illegal for anyone to sale any craft or piece of art (like jewelry) and say that it is from a particular tribe or tribe member unless it was actually created by a tribe member or a certified Indian artisan.

Joseph Paige 2006

Native American
Native Americans
Native Americans 2
Native American Ancestry
Native American Art
Native American Art 2
Native American Art Gallery
Native American Artifacts
Native American Artists
Native American Beadwork
Native American Blankets
Native American Books
Native American Bracelets
Native American Ceramics
Native American Church
Native American Clothing
Native American Clothing 2
Native American Clothes
Native American Coins
Native American Crafts
Native American Culture
Native American DNA
Native American Dance
Native American Dance 2
Native American Dating
Native American Demographics
Native American Dolls
Native American Drawings
Native American Dream Catcher
Native American Drums
Native American Drums 2
Native American Earrings
Native American Figurines
Native American Films
Native American Flute
Native American Flute 2
Native American Food
Native American Food 2
Native American Games
Native American Genealogy
Native American Genetics
Native American Gifts
Native American Healing
Native American Headdress
Native American Heritage Month
Native American History
Native American Indian Jewelry
Native American Indians
Native American Indians 2
Native American Jewellery
Native American Jewelry
Native American Jewelry 2
Native American Law
Native American Life
Native American Market
Native American Masks
Native American Medicine
Native American Medicine Wheel
Native American Moccasins
Native American Money
Native American Month
Native American Music
Native American Music 2
Native American Names
Native American Navajo
Native American Necklace
Native American Paintings
Native American Peace Pipe
Native American Poetry
Native American Poetry 2
Native American Portraits
Native American Pottery
Native American Pottery 2
Native American Pow Wow
Native American Pow Wow 2
Native American Products
Native American Rattles
Native American Recipes
Native American Religion
Native American Rights
Native American Rings
Native American Rugs
Native American Sand Painting
Native American Sculptures
Native American Spears
Native American Spirituality
Native American Stories
Native American Tomahawks
Native American Totem Pole
Native American Totem Poles
Native American Tattoos
Native American Tattoos 2
Native American Tattoos 3
Native American Tribe
Native American Tribes
Native American Tribes 2
Native American Tribes 3
Native American Videos
Native American Wolf
Native American Words
Native American Women
Northwest Native American Art