Learning about Authentic Native American Jewelry and Art

The mission of Turquoise Skies is to help maintain the quality and authenticity of Native American jewelry and art. When collecting Native art, the quality and authenticity of the pieces is a priority.  It is illegal to falsely sell replication Native style art and jewelry as authentic when it is not produced by legitimate Native artists. There are several great organizations out there that help fight fraud, however they can only do so much. We feel that it is a responsibility of the sellers and buyers to help keep the industry clean. By learning about the industry, art, and culture of the Native people we get a better understanding of what is quality and authentic. Turquoise Skies Inc. believes that it is a website’s responsibility to provide a wealth of free information to anyone who wishes to know more about Native art and culture.

Native American Industry Guides

The following is a set of informational resources related to Native art, jewelry and culture including: A jewelry and art buying guide, a guide to the handling and maintenance of authentic native art and jewelry, a visual guide to many of the Native American Tribes, a gemstone guide for precious stones and other natural materials used in making Native jewelry and art, a visual turquoise mine directory, a directory of known Native artist signature hallmarks, a directory of helpful organizations and groups in the Native arts and craft industry and a glossary of relevant terminology.

If you think that you are going to be buying Native American Jewelry online there are a few things that will make the shopping experience as accurate and enjoyable as possible.  Here at Turquoise Skies, we would like everyone to be happy with their purchases by knowing that everything we sell is authentic and handmade by Native American artists. We strive to make sure the jewelry is accurately described, however not all online sellers will have the same respect. Before you get started, evaluate your ideal purchase and be sure to evaluate the seller or shop you are purchasing from.  It is also important to educate yourself so some of the qualities of handmade Native American Jewelry and how if differs from mainstream mass produced jewelry.  We feel that there are a few key questions to ask yourself before buying.

Before you Buy

Who are you buying for?

Are you buying a piece for yourself? Or is it going to be a gift for someone else? Jewelry is a direct reflection of personal taste and style. Buying the right piece of jewelry begins with knowing the person that is going to be wearing it.

What size?

Much like a good pair of shoes, a piece of jewelry needs to fit its wearer. Generally, this really depends on the type of jewelry as necklaces and earrings are one size fits most, other items such as bracelets and rings can be more specific in the owner’s size.

When you are Shopping

What determines price?

The amount of money you are expecting to pay for the jewelry depends on many factors. The purity and rarity of the materials used to create the piece are huge factors. A small gemstone can range from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on what type of stone it is. Is the jewelry machine made or handmade? Who was the artist that made it and what technique was used in its creation?

Is the jewelry authentic?

The Native American jewelry industry has become very popular in these modern times. Along with the popularity come those who try to exploit the industry for profit, it is important to be aware of this and how misrepresentations can be avoided. Only buy from reputable dealers and take the time to research the industry.

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