Native American jewelry has its roots in prehistory and has been remarkable in its ability to reflect tradition as it evolves into the highest forms of contemporary handmade jewelry. Although Native American jewelry began as crude inlaid shell work, the finest Native American jewelry of today exhibits highly unusual designs containing beautiful rare natural turquoise, coral and other gem stones set in gold, silver and palladium. Its appeal is worldwide.
Collectors of Native American jewelry are drawn by a number of factors. Turquoise itself has been viewed over the centuries as a source of power, healing and protection. With its variety of deep blues and greens, this unusual stone is, in fact, rarer than diamonds. Though many collectors of Native American jewelry love the deep blue stones with what is called spider web matrix, others are attracted to turquoise with deep green or lime green hues and flecks of gold host rock. So, often,the turquoise becomes a focal point around which the piece of Native American jewelry revolves.
Another important factor that attracts collectors is the artist who designs and makes the piece of Native American jewelry. In early years, individual artists did not sign their work. Many pieces, however, are recognizable in their design elements and use of techniques. Now, artists take great pride in their jewelry and are careful to sign each piece with a unique hallmark.The fame of individual artists make their pieces highly prized.
Then there is the value of the metals involved in Native American jewelry. As gold and silver continue to gain in value, the weight and use of these materials add to the appeal of Native American handmade jewelry. So, with the combination of tradition, beauty, uniqueness and intrinsic value, Native American jewelry has transcended time and become not only a reflection of the past, but a uniquely American symbol of the future of Native American artistry.
To assure one receives top quality Native American jewelry, it is important to deal with an established, ethical dealer. Turquoise Direct has been in business for nearly 40 years. They have a long history in dealing directly with the miners of rare naturalAmerican turquoise and the best Native American artists. Because of this, Turquoise Direct can offer the finest Native American jewelry at the most competitive prices.
Turquoise Direct issues a Certificate of Authenticity with each piece purchased. This certificate contains the name and tribal affiliation of the artist, the materials used and the retail value. Visit them on the web at www.turquoisedirect.com to see a beautiful array of contemporary and antique Native American jewelry.