Red Rock Trading Company has been buying and selling high quality Native American jewelry from Navajo, Zuni, Santo Domingo and Hopi silversmiths for over 20 years.  Now we have built our popularity on providing our clients with outstanding examples of authentic Native American jewelry.    We want to offer you some easy steps to follow to make sure that you are not taken in by imported ‘southwest’ jewelry that an unsuspecting purchaser can easily mistake as genuine.   It's subsequently vital for collectors and buyers of Native American jewellery and artwork to teach themselves before making a purchase.  It's equally important to develop relationships with reputable galleries who will take the time to share their data with you.   Following some of these simple steps can help you avoid the possibility of being caught with an unauthentic piece.

Initially:  Educate your self

    * Familiarize your self with the varied nations and the regions of the country they inhabit.
    * Locate the names of outstanding Native American Artisans for each nation.
          o There are numerous web sites out there to promoting Native American Artisans and offering info akin to the type and elegance of bijou each Artisan specializes in.   That can be the first big tip off that the piece you might be being provided at a ‘unbelievable’ low cost will not be authentic.  If somebody reveals you a bracelet with an enormous mark down by an artisan that you understand only offers in rings or belts, stroll away.
    * Watch out for something with the word model at the end.  One thing represented as being within the Navajo Type for instance is probably not created by a Native American Artisan.
    * Go to your local galleries and speak with the individuals who run them.
          o Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Any reputable gallery or buying and selling post can be comfortable to spend as a lot time with you as wanted to answer your questions and give you information.

Learn the Design Styling

    * While all of them create similar items, each nation has a standard style that is all their own.  Navajo jewellery for instance is generally comprised of substantial silver pieces, most frequently stamped with design work.  The Turquoise pieces, if included are typically larger items, with distinguished graining and sometimes in nugget shapes.  Zuni jewelry is way more delicate and tends towards very small items of turquoise in either a channel or flat inlay design with very slender silver channels.  Different nations have equally distinctive design styles.  Get familiar with them and then discover your favorites in more detail to learn all of the nuances.

Study who signs their work and how:

    * This course of takes a little bit of effort, however can pay in the long term, particularly if you are occupied with collecting a nicely know artisans pieces.  Contacting the local pueblo information bureaus might be very helpful on this regard.  A be aware of curiosity, there are some artisans who periodically change their signature or where they sign their pieces.   Whereas having a number of signature marks might, on the floor, make it easier to mis-signify a piece as belonging to a certain artist, figuring out the pattern of how these signatures advanced will be useful in determining whether or not or not a piece is real or a replica.


Know your stones:

    * Get accustomed to the types of stones and shells which can be used in creating the pieces you are interested in collecting.  Native American Artisans work not solely with Turquoise, but also with Coral, Mom of Pearl, Oyster, Conch, and Clam Shells, Ivory, Onyx, Jet and amber to call a few.
          o Be taught the color variations; Turquoise for instance can vary from a really gentle blue to a deep green, relying on the metal content material in the stone.  Bigger stones virtually always have a grain working by means of them, like marble does.  This grain can range in measurement and depth.
          o Know that some stone imperfections are anticipated in genuine Native American jewellery
          o Coloration and graining variations are to be anticipated in items, besides maybe with Zuni work which uses very slender items of stone.

Be sure you get a receipt on your buy and ask for a certificates of authenticity if at all possible.   Fake discounts are also prevalent in the Native American jewelry and art enterprise and you must educate your self to know the true value of the piece you might be contemplating purchasing.  Don’t be persuaded to purchase one thing simply because it's 60, 70 and even eighty% off the marked price.

Purple Rock Trading Company is devoted to selling the Native American craft of silversmithing and follows the legal guidelines outlined in the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, an company situated in the U.S. Division of the Interior, was created by Congress to promote the financial development of American Indians and Alaska Natives by way of the growth of the Indian arts and crafts market.   A high priority of the IACB is the implementation and enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, a truth-in-promoting regulation that gives criminal and civil penalties for marketing products as "Indian-made" when such products aren't made by Indians, as outlined by the Act. For more info on the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, visit www.iacb.doi.gov