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We all know that beautifying oneself and use of jewelry has existed since prehistoric times. Bead making and bead necklaces called heishe, that have been derived from the word of Santo Domingo in the Shell, have been used for centuries. Shells and spiny oyster shell, pearl, abalone shell, clam, and have been used in bead making and considered important articles of commerce in the southwest over a thousand years.

The use of silver in jewelry Native American is not an old concept. It has been used since the 1850s, when the Mexican silversmiths had to trade silver jewelry for the livestock of the Navajo. Blacksmiths Navajo then in turn shared their money-making skills with the Zuni Indians for livestock. The Hopi tribe then picked up the art of making silver Zuni in 1890. It is important noted that Native Americans were in no way associated with the mining of silver.

The styles of jewelry used by Native Americans:

Each Native American Indian tribe has its own style. Do not be confused by jewelry that is claimed to be Native American Indian but not the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi or styles of Santo Domingo. The Zuni Indian jewelry includes styles and techniques such as inlay mosaic, channel, group, and petit point embroidery. These techniques involve the use a variety of stones and shells.

The Navajo Indian jewelers are well known for their popular squash blossom necklaces. These artists are known for jewelry use pieces of turquoise, coral and other semi precious stones and then these are surrounded by scrolls, beads and leaf patterns set in sterling silver. Did you know that the Most Native American jewelry produced is made by the Navajos? Her jewelry is the most popular due to the use of sterling silver and stones like coral and turquoise.

The overlay technique is the distinct style of the Hopi Indian Silversmiths. This technique is used involving the placement stones into jewelry. A sheet of silver has the design etched out and then soldered or overlaid on the second sheet. The fund is given a darker touch via oxidation and the top layer is bright.

Beads is popular among the Indians of Santo Domingo and have been doing this kind of jewelry for centuries. They use seashells, turquoise, jet and coral stones in her jewelry. As mentioned earlier, the jewelry is made from sterling silver, which is usually a mixture of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. And the reason copper is added to the mix is because silver is very soft and copper adds strength to develop different shapes and textures.

Southwest U.S. is a great place to find great jewelry native American Indians. The Navajo tribe in Arizona and New Mexico, and can be easily called the largest Indian reservation Native American. The Hopi tribe in Arizona, while that of Santo Domingo and Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico.

The skills and art of Native Indian jewelry Americans make is transmitted from generation to generation and is highly coveted. Now there are schools that teach these skills to people who want to learn. Native American Indian Jewelry is a great way to make a bold style statement.

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