Old Pawn

Old  Pawn By Bill Donovan Back a few decades ago, you could buy old pawn at decent prices but nowadays it can be some of the most expensive pieces on the market because they were made when silver and turquoise was cheap so the craftsperson used a lot of it. Old Pawn...

The Meaning of Indian-Made Jewelry

The Meaning of Indian-Made Jewelry By Bill Donovan Federal and state laws state that to be authentic Indian-made, the items must be totally made by a craftsperson who is a member of an Indian tribe, or who is recognized by the federal government as a Native...

Real Versus Nickel Silver

Real Versus Nickel Silver By Bill Donovan The first thing you have to know about nickel silver is that it is not silver. It’s an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc and while it may look like silver, it’s not, so if you want an authentic native ring or bracelet, it will...

Real Turquoise

Real Turquoise By Bill Donovan You want to buy a ring or bracelet with real turquoise and you wonder how much it costs. Well, that depends on the type of turquoise and where it came from. There is cheap turquoise you can buy for under a dollar a carat.  This is the...

Fake Indian Jewelry

Fake Indian Jewelry By Bill Donovan Fake Indian jewelry is a major problem in the industry. There are hundreds of men and women in the Philippines, Taiwan and other countries who are mass producing fake Indian jewelry that costs retailers a fraction of what they would...

Native American Church Objects

Native American Church Objects By Cindy Plummer The Native American Church (NAC) has a large following on Navajo. And many of the ceremonial objects that they need are made and sold, usually at the flea markets. The ceremonial objects are authentic and hand made,...