This weekend the family had the privilege of attending the annual pow wow held on the Shinnecock Reservation. This Pow Wow is one of the highlights of the year. The weekend is full of good times and East cost collectors. In this post we just want to say thank you to all the friends we have.
For those who do not know, at this Pow Wow “Wampum” is king. The shell is well received in the North Eastern states because of its history with the shell. For those who do not know the North Eastern tribes put the shell on the map. Literally. As traders came through on routes from one area or another, the shell would be used as currency.
The shell can be found up and down the Atlantic coast, but the largest and best shells are found in the colder waters. The shell is a clam shell and polishes up so nicely. Our family loves this stone and has used it in many pieces over the years. To those who bought wampum jewelry from us this weekend.
If you didn’t get a piece of wampum jewelry from us this year. Maybe we can show you something you will like next year. Take care good people
Hi Hi – We thank you. We hope you all have a good year.
A few years back I had the opportunity to buy a large amount of jewelry at a wholesale price to sell on ebay and amazon. These pieces were not ours and we did not try to sell them as if they were, but I was surprised how much non “Native American Jewelry” was available as I bought true Native American made jewelryd.
The work I am referring to was from China, the turquoise was chinese and the work wasn’t very good. Please don’t misunderstand me, there are awesome jewelers in the country of China. I have seen their work first hand, I know they have a ton of skill. However what I saw was not very well done and so I make reference to it here.
My first thought was pretty plain. This jewelry is going to kill the market and the art will die. That same year was the first year that we attended the Santa Fe Indian Market. My eyes were opened at that show. Hearing about it doesn’t do it justice. The scale of the show matches that scale of the artist. It is a show case of talent for sure.
After that weekend, I changed my thoughts about the art fading away. I now think it is bigger than ever, however there is a separation that is taking place. You have the “big show artist”, and then you have the artist that create for the masses. There is tons of talent in both arenas, but the “big show artist” doesn’t sell jewelry anywhere else. He or she will work all year on just the 2-4 shows a year and then take orders from private buyers. It actually really impressive.
Within our family we have both kinds of artist and I love the diversity. We don’t really place a lot of our private buyer pieces on the www.redhandjewelry.com, we usually post those on www.theturquoiseloft.com. If there is an interest then stope on in and look at some of what we are posting there.
Native American Turquoise Belt Buckle
Isaac recently finished some work that we took pictures of before he went to Brooklyn with our Dad. I wanted to add it to our blog because so many times work is constructed, clean, polished and sold before we get any pics. This belt buckle I thought was worthy of your attention.
Isaac did not purchase the belt it was cut and laced by him. The lacing is done with senew and the entire buckel is custom work. There is no prefabrication in it at all. He left it open and without holes so anyone could purchase it. The turquoise is Nevada. The bezel is hand cut and stamped. The Stamps used on the base plate are new from this year. It is a new design for him. He was really happy with the peice.
As a person who has been around Native American Jewelry all my life I love the attention to detail. When you look at this peice you will notice that it is very even and balanced. The stamps are not all over the place. Even the face of the silver itself does not have a haze or lots of scratches from an old neglected buffing wheel. While many will not notice these things people who really collect nice Native American jewelry will look for this kind of attention to detail.
As I stated before when we first started this blog, one of the things that we wanted to do was educate. Many people are fine with very basic Native Jewelry. Others would like more but do not know what to look for or how to begin a collection. We hope little threads like this help.