Native American jewelry, handmade by various artists from several different tribes. Crafted from sterling silver and accented with gorgeous, natural materials, our vast collection of indigenous made American jewelry offers unique pieces of wearable art.
Jewelry plays a large role in Native American culture. It tells stories, holds history, and represents spiritual beliefs and cultures of every tribe across America.
Beginning as early as 12,000 years ago, jewelry-making was unique to the respective geographic area of each tribe, featuring natural materials that could only be found in surrounding environments. This allowed tribes to offer slight variations in designs since the supplies necessary to craft these delicate accessories were major trade items. Jewelry-making has evolved in technique and materials used over the years, but still is a primary focus of indiginous culture today.
We have access to jewelry from the Algonquin, Apache, Hopi, Lakota, Navajo, Santo Domingo, and Zuni people.
Several materials are used to craft these beautiful pieces of wearable art. From beads and bear claws to turquoise, the “stone of life,” that holds a special significance in indigenous American culture, every piece of jewelry will tell a story.
Two types of jewelry: Metalwork & Beadwork
Metalwork: This type consists of working metals into different components that are then fashioned into earrings, pendants, rings, bolos and more. The technique of silversmithing was learned from the Spanish in the 1800s and, since then, the Native American people have made it their own.
Beadwork involved intricately grinding turquoise, coral, shell and other materials to create a Heishi necklace. The technique also included carving individual bead pieces from wood and bone, and then carefully stitching these unique beads together to create one masterpiece.