Mysteriousness and Authenticity of Native American Jewelry
Native American jewelry is a world of its own. A strong sense of individualism and a dose of mysteriousness is what sets it apart from the rest.
Several Native American tribes were crafted jewelers, most notably Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi, and each of them had their own unique sense of style which evolved from their spirituality, belief system, and cultural identity. And the culture of Native Americans is very broad, rich, and immensely interesting.
The art of Native American jewelry making dates back to 12,000 years ago when Paleo-Indians transformed materials such as shell and stone into wearable ornaments. Numerous animal parts were used in jewelry including fish bone, as well as other natural materials such as beads, shells, copper, silver, ivory, amber, and turquoise. Turquoise is, without a doubt, the most prominent stone in Native American jewelry. Often combined with silver it can be found in many different jewelry pieces.
For Native Americans jewelry was very important as they used it in various sacred ceremonies. It was also their portable wealth and part of the economic trade.
What is fascinating about Native American jewelry is that even after the arrival of Europeans on the American continent and after the colonization, the jewelry making continued with the same themes and same cultural identity as ever before. There are no outside influences in Native American jewelry, and in that sense, it is exceptionally rare. And in the world of globalization and melting pots, it is something to be admired and forever cherished.