Indian Silversmiths Making Jewelry

Indian Silversmiths Making Jewelry


Stock #: 606238
Type: Postcard
Era: White Border
Publisher: Southwest Arts & Crafts
Postmark: Oct-4
PM City: Montreal
PM State: QC, Canada
Stamp: 2c
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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The Navajos and Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona are famed for their skill in making handmade jewelry set with their sacred stone turquoise. Undoubtedly the Pueblos first learned this art from the Spaniards and the Navajo from the Pueblo. The first products were bracelets, necklaces and other articles for their own adornment and use. At that time practically all Indian silverware was made from Mexican coins, but since these are no longer available, sheet silver cut to small squares and other shapes and larger sizes are now used. Closer contact with white traders and tourists resulted in a wider variety of products. The Indians also learned rapidly to use white man's tools and processes as he was able to get them. In spite of these innovations, handmade Indian jewelry still retains its character and charm.