Buy American, If You Can Find It !

Number 8 Squash blossom Naja, Necklace available on dreamstuff2000.com

Number 8 Squash Blossom Naja, necklace available on dreamstuff2000.com

Why do we need foreign manufactured goods? We have this complicated “Love, Hate” relationship with foreign made products. Like it or hate it, this has become an important practice for survival, buying foreign goods,  for many years now. Just take a look at the things in your life that have the origin of overseas manufacturing. From household appliances to the auto industry, to even the very clothes on your back. Even the items that say “Made in America”, more often than not have some parts made overseas. Yes, even the shirt on your back. The tag may say “Made in America ” , more than likely the material came from a “Sweat Shop” in India.

“Made in America”, at one time, meant a quality product, made with pride by hard working, grassroots Americans. To a very large extent, it still does. The only problem is, because of imports, this practice of manufacturing in the U. S. A. has become scarce and somewhat costly. I’d like to tell you that everything made overseas is crap, junk, and poorly made. I can’t!! In many cases the products are good. They hold up well. They are made with foreign pride and most important, we can actually afford to purchase them. We are so dependent, so interwoven into this way of “Doing Business” we would at this juncture, probably not survive without this foreign based economy.

When I have purchased these foreign goods, ” I’m Guilty as Charged”. I thought to myself considering not how poorly it was made, but how can they sell something this nice so reasonable. That’s the problem in a “Nutshell”. Don’t worry, I’ll punch myself hard , when I yell “Thank heaven for foreign made goods, they improve the quality of our lives”. Please forgive me people, but that’s the honest truth. If we wanted to fix this, we probably could.  At what cost? How much pain? I can tell you one thing about most Americans, our budgets are maxed out already. We are certainly not a fan of “Paying too Much for that Muffler”. We do not like pain.

To make another important point, many Americans just do not know how to handle money. In fact, most of us “Suck” at it. To the point “We Want IT All, and We Want IT Now”. The term “Discretionary Money” is anything left over when the months bills have been paid. They spend every Damn dime. Savings are for those people blessed with one of everything on earth already. I do understand, however it is so wrong to have this mind set. “Poop Happens”. So many things can come up and, bet on it, it will. Appliances burn out, your car, at some point, will fail you. Unseasonably bad weather may drive your electric bill through the roof, and Heaven forbid, at some point your health goes South. We all need a “Nest Egg”, something put aside for a “Rainy Day”. If you don’t at least attempt to save, you, my friend, are living in a “House of Cards”. No one wants to live in a “House of Cards”.

Now, when you do have that “Nest Egg” or true discretionary money, buy that thing you want. Hopefully it’s American made. One thing I can tell you if you want a nice American made piece of bling, buy a nice piece of Native American handcrafted jewelry. Comparatively speaking, reasonable at any price.

Native American Commandments

In Full Regalia a Native American Dances in Spiritual Ceremony

In Full Regalia a Native American Dances in Spiritual Ceremony

1 . Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.

2. Remain close to the Great Spirit in everything that you do.

3. Show great respect for yourself  and all that dwell on this Earth.

4. Be kind and work with fellow Human Beings for the benefit of all mankind.

5. Give assistance to all Beings whenever needed.

6. Be careful not to fall into self righteousness, listen to what your Heart speaks.

7. Look after, with great care, your mind and body.

8. Part of all you do should benefit the greater good.

9. Be truthful and honest at all times to yourself and others.

10. Take full responsibility for all your actions.

Native American Jewelry , Cheap at Any Price

Candeleria Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Candelaria Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Native American handcrafted creations are absolutely reasonable at any price. First, Native American craftsman are, almost without exception, entirely dedicated to creating uniquely beautiful and precisely well made original pieces. They are heritage driven and schooled from a early age by highly skilled family members. Many of these family members are in their own right noted silversmiths and have been in “The Family Business” since the dawn of time. Many of todays top Native artists have also added formal silversmith training to their already highly skilled craft.

Natural Gaspieite

Natural Gaspeite

What about the stones involved in these lovely handcrafted creations. Well, my friend, the stone is everything. The Crown Jewel, the inspiration, the center of the Native craft universe. They are, in fact, so ingrained in Native American Culture I cannot express in mere words the importance of these jewels to the Native Indian Culture . They are Spiritual by Nature . Prayed over , woven respectfully into many Native American Ceremonies . They are by nature ” protectors , offerings for better crops , hunting , and all things needed for life . Some are ,  in fact ” Healing Stones ” . They , by color and movement represent all the things of survival and prosperity to the Native peoples . They represent the blues of the sky , the greens of the trees and prairie grasses , the browns  of the majestic mountains and contain all the hues of this world .

Royston Turquoise Pendant , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Royston Turquoise Pendant , available on dreamstuff2000.com

The factories that produce this magnificent Stones you see in Native American Jewelry are still producing tons of this product . Sorry , I lied again . These Stones are Nature made , over thousands of years . They occur rarely , under the right weather conditions ( Temp , moisture ,  etc . ) minerals found in that local and certainly divine intervention from the ” Maker ” . It is , by the nature of the beast , a severely declining resource . Unfortunately , due to depletion , many of the better Turquoise Mines have closed . Thank Providence  some Silversmiths  and Rock Hounds and Americans in general are hoarders by nature . Some of most stone is still available today .

Kachina Necklace by Navajo Artist Bennie Ration

Kachina Necklace by Navajo Artist Bennie Ration

Lets consider for a brief moment the ” BLING ” factor . OMG , the  ” Bling ” factor is off the charts for these Handcrafted , uniquely American Creations . Warning !!! If you don’t want to be besieged by other people , ( mostly jealous people ) , when you leave your domain .  for heavens sake don’t wear Native American Creations . They are in fact ” beautiful ” Stunning ” Lovely ” and absolutely ” Noticeable ” . I have been receiving feedback over these many years from many discriminating wearers of Native ” Originals ” about just that , ” The Bling Factor ” and they could not be more thrilled over the overwhelming compliments . So if you want to be ” head Honcho ” , ” leader of the Pack ” ” The Man ” or  ” The Bell of the Ball ” you could not get anything more ” Eye Popping ” than a Native American Creation .  Definitely ” Cheap At Any Price ” .

 

Harcross turquoise, Exceptionally Beautiful

Harcross Turquoise available on dreamstuff2000.com

Harcross Turquoise available on dreamstuff2000.com

The Harcross Turquoise Mine is located in Lyon County, Nevada. Otto Taubert, a prospector out looking for gold happened on this mine in 1908. Harcross turquoise is a very hard turquoise ranging in color from blue, blue green and green with a light brown matrix. This mine was later sold to Walter Godber, a man with large holdings throughout Nevada (Godber, Bernham Mine, etc.). In later years, the mine was laid claim to by J. T. Harrison and F. B. Cross. The combination of their names the Har from Harrison and the Cross from F. B. Cross became known as the Harcross Mine that it is still known today.

Hardross Turquoise available on dreamstuff2000.com

Hardross Turquoise available on dreamstuff2000.com

A small amount of this outstanding turquoise reaches the market each year. Harcross Turquoise, with its exceptional hardness and its stunning range of beautiful colors, has made this turquoise highly sought after by avid collectors of fine handcrafted Native American jewelry.

Morenci Turquoise, Rare and Lovely

Morenci turquoise ,available on dreamstuff2000.com

Morenci turquoise ,available on dreamstuff2000.com

At present day, the Morenci Mine is an open-pit copper mining operation. In fact, it is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The mine is located about 50 miles northeast of Safford, in southeastern Arizona. Morenci Turquoise was a by-product of this expansive copper mining operation. Even though the Morenci Turquoise Mine is an ancient Native American Mine, the first recorded record of this mine did not occur until 1864. Henry Clifton and an army scout by the name of Robert Metcalf are credited for its discovery.

Morenci Turquoise available on dreamstuff2000.com

Morenci Turquoise available on dreamstuff2000.com

Shortly after the discovery of this mine it was offered for lease to two Nevada prospectors. One, William “Lucky” Brown and J. W. Edgar the two prospectors were partners at this time working the Carico Lake Turquoise in Nevada. They started working the Morenci mine at this time. J. W. Edgar left to go back to Nevada several months later. William “Lucky” Brown leased the mine from 1956 to 1984. The brown Family has continued his work for generations. To this day they still release a small amount of cabs produced by the previously mine raw stone. Although the Morenci Turquoise stone is highly sought after for its exceptional beauty and has become exceedingly rare, there is still hope,  in a huge copper mining operation as this area is, that more Morenci Turquoise may be discovered in the near future.

Morenci Turquoise Pendant , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Morenci Turquoise Pendant , available on dreamstuff2000.com

It is a highly collected turquoise due to its beautiful blue colors and its unusual stunning matrix.  It varies in color from a light sky blue to a brilliant deep blue. The matrix, although appearing dark in hue in the raw stone, takes on a bright silver appearance when polished. The Matrix is iron pyrite “Fool’s Gold” and appears both dark and silvery in the finished stone surrounded by a sea of lovely blue color. It is a “Must Have” for many serious Native American jewelry collectors.

Free Native American Handcrafted Jewelry

Kachina Jewelry , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Kachina Jewelry , available on dreamstuff2000.com

I lied ! Just a hook to get you to read this article . What’s it worth ? Apparently nothing to some . A great deal to some . Not as much to many as the asking price . To many apparently the rarity of the stone means little to many people . The exceptional one – of -a -kind silver work dose not appear to be a huge factor to the pieces most people covet , nor the notoriety of the Native Artisan . We often list these exceptional creations well below the fair market value of comparable artist creations offered by other dealers . To our amazement and shock we often get offered much less than half of the already low asking price . If you know anything at all about Native American Jewelry you do know exceptional pieces when they come to market and certainly have some idea of their value . I often wonder why people want to cheapen something they covet so much . I do like a deal like the rest of the planet , however when something speaks to me , and is rare , and is reasonably priced , I often bye it .

Number 8 Turquoise , available at dreamstuff2000.com

Number 8 Turquoise , available at dreamstuff2000.com

I guess you ,  as a lover of handcrafted Native American Jewelry  , must determine the worth of item to you alone . Yes , of course the simple fact of , can you afford to spend that amount for something you appreciate  certainly comes into play . I often wonder if they are dipping into their rent or food budget just to own this exceptional piece of Americana ? Is that why the low offer . I just can’t imagine that ! My suggestion to anyone that likes Native American Art , ” Do Your Homework ” . Look around , determine value and worth of this special masterpiece and if little ” Johnny ” is not missing meals and it won’t send you to ” Debtors Prison ” blow the cobwebs off your purse and buy the darn thing you love so very much .

How Much Does Indian Jewelry Weigh?

Candeleria Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Candeleria Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

How much does this beautiful handcrafted Native American ring weigh? How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Two seemingly unrelated items, with two unrelated questions. Actually, they have something important in common. Both questions are by nature unimportant, unreliable as to establish the value and blatantly irrelevant. Woodchucks don’t chuck wood and the weight of finished handcrafted jewelry has not a thing to do with its value. The only time, in this process of creating this wearable Native American art, where weight is of any importance, is in procuring the ingot of silver and the raw stone itself.

 

Turquoise Mountain Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Turquoise Mountain Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Since we have been in the Native American jewelry business, at least a few times a month someone has asked “How much does this ring weigh?” To the best of my recollection I don’t recall anyone who asked this question actually buying that item. So I am getting confused as to the exact reason they would ask . Size matters to be sure, ring size, setting size, rarity and quality of the stone, certainly the metal value (sterling or better), the quality of the silver work itself and last but certainly important to many, the notoriety of the silversmith. Some silversmiths believe they do exceptional work, and some certainly do. This may add to the cost. The weight of any particular handcrafted item never comes into play when valuing the piece. I believe with some folks it as a form of friendly greeting. As “How Are You?”  You don’t really expect some ones medical history. You kind of expect “Fine, and you ?” So the next time I get that important question  “How Much Does It Weigh ?”  I’ll just say “Fine, and you ?”  No, I won’t. I’ll just weigh the piece, relate the weight and be thankful I probably have more of a life than someone else.

Native American Jewelry – Fact, Fiction and Poppycock

Boulder Turquoise Squash Blossom , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Boulder Turquoise Squash Blossom , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Is it real, or is it Memorex? I get to showcase my age with that old commercial. What exactly do we know? If your auto starts making “That Sound”. You know, “That Sound” you never heard before. Maybe an odd smell comes along with it. Unless you are some kind of a mechanic you are at a loss. You must take the auto to some place to have an “Expert” look it over. Depending ultimately on “What he Knows”. We study his words, search his face for some “Tell” to try to determine if he knows his ” Stuff “. We are, alas, at his mercy. Some may call this getting “A Pig in A Poke” or “Las Vegas Night” at the auto repair place. Purchasing just about anything from anyone at any price, no matter what you think you know, or have heard, or have read, will always come down to one thing “Trust “. Unfortunately when money comes in the mix, many usually decent folks loose their friggin mind. The hard fact is that many people, even in the Native jewelry business, try to manipulate potential customers with their version of informative facts. You see, it is after all, human nature, that if it is them giving you these facts, it must be the other guy with the inferior products. Truth being if we are not a Gemologist or Geologist we are merely parroting other peoples words.

Turquoise Mountain Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Turquoise Mountain Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

In my business, the Native American jewelry business, we are certainly not highly trained as either. We are, however, very concerned to present some of the best artists and the best stones available at the time these beautiful creations are being skillfully handcrafted. We have been doing business with the same well known Native artists for years. They take great pride in their work. They try, and they know what we want, to procure the best grade stones possible at that time. Almost without exception, these Native silversmiths are family and traditionally trained shortly after they were “potty trained”. No joke, they start young making mock jewelry out of chicken noodle soup cans. They know their craft from soup to nuts and they know their stones like nobody else. We rely heavily on their expertise. They in turn know that we will always pay them what they ask for their art.  If someone ask us a question about a particular piece of fine Native jewelry and we are not sure of the answer, we go straight to the “Horses Mouth”, the artist that created that piece. We provide many avid Native American jewelry collectors with pieces to complete their wonderful treasures. We sell in a large market of beautiful handmade Native jewelry and we receive a ton of compliments on our stone selections. It is as I have said, as with everything, it always comes down to one thing, a matter of trust. We ask no one to simply give that so important “Trust”, but we humbly ask for a chance to earn it! Above all else, if the piece doesn’t speak to you, is not esthetically pleasing to you, it’s worthless to you.

 

 

 

Cheap Native American Jewelry

Micro Inlay Necklace , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Micro Inlay Necklace , available on dreamstuff2000.com

A cheap item refers to one of two situations. First, an item that in comparison to similar made products are much more reasonable in price, or second, a poorly made product of inferior materials. In most cases, neither description applies to Native creations. You have what I refer to as “commercial Indian jewelry”, an item that generally is a smaller piece of Native jewelry, where at least the silver casement is identical and produced day in and day out. The stones set in these items are unique, hand cut, set and by no means fit the description of a “Cookie Cutter Item” or “Mass Produced”. However, the repetitive factor is present and the smaller size makes this item much more reasonable to produce.

Turquoise pendant  , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Turquoise pendant , available on dreamstuff2000.com

The Navajo pendant above, although set with a lovely piece of green Turquoise, is a prime example of the lower end of handcrafted Native jewelry as the size and style of the casement is repeated throughout the year. The Necklace appearing above this piece, is a prime example of Native American handmade jewelry. It is highly difficult to create and complete the artists conceptual vision. This requires years of specialized training, making it a uniquely one of a kind, artistic masterpiece. It is by everyones opinion (Native jewelry experts), a prime example of outstanding Native artistry. This micro inlay necklace is a handmade masterpiece by renowned Navajo Silversmith Phyllis A. Smith.

Candelaria Turquoise Pendant , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Candelaria Turquoise Pendant , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Unique original silver work, along with a rare and exquisite Candelaria Turquoise stone, makes this piece a one-of-a-kind Native created masterpiece. As opposed to “Cheap”, is this piece expensive? Factually speaking, all you can truly say about this exceptional piece, is that it certainly costs exceedingly more than commercial Indian jewelry. Like fine painted art, an original Native creations value is judged by its artisan and by what someone is willing to pay. It is my opinion, as a lover of fine Native art work, that with dwindling resources of high quality turquoise and the limited number of these exceptional Native artists, their outstanding creations are grossly undervalued at any price.

Kingman Turquoise Necklace available at dreamstuff2000.com

Kingman Turquoise Necklace available at dreamstuff2000.com

This example of high grade Kingman Turquoise is still being mined today. It is again, by all accounts an exceptional Gemstone. It is still a highly limited resource by all accounts and its days are numbered. Many of the better mines have long since closed due to the fact they have simply played out. Thanks to many Native silversmiths and avid gemstone collectors “Rock Hounds” some of the better stones are still available today in very limited supply. So, what’s these fine pieces actually worth? Many people, for many reasons today, look to the “Art of the Deal”. They are simply “Not Going To Pay to Much For That Muffler”. They, in their attempt to save some greenbacks, in actuality devalue the very thing they covet. They cannot cheapen this creative process, a uniquely American made heritage and cultural driven iconic artistry. They can, and often do cheapen the concept of owning the singular creations by spectacular gifted Native artists of which the Earth Mother truly blessed us. Thanks to many people that understand the greatness of Native art and the special conditions under which they endeavor to persevere, the art form is still surviving. A truly wondrous gift often set adrift on a sea of indifference.

 

The History of Turquoise

Kingman Turquoise Necklace available at dreamstuff2000.com

Turquoise stone is formed by chemical reaction . When water containing specific minerals , such as copper , iron or aluminum , leaches through rock forming various size veins, Turquoise occurs. This stone is called copper aluminum phosphate. Turquoise is often associated with large scale copper mining. As a matter-of-fact, back when, high grade turquoise was often found in the “dump” (waste pile) of many copper mining operations. Copper traces in the stone causes the various blue hues of this beautiful stone. Iron present is associated with a multitude of stunning green hues.

Pilot Mountain Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Pilot Mountain Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Turquoise is found naturally in large quantities in the Americas, Middle East, and Egypt. Its beauty and spiritual qualities have been revered and sought after down through the ages. The oldest recorded piece of turquoise was found as a bracelet worn by a 7000 yr. old Egyptian mummy. The esoteric qualities of this stone is unmistakable. It has been worn, adorned spiritual icons and prayed over since the dawn of man. Many people say they feel a pleasant vibration when wearing or just holding turquoise.

Candeleria Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

Candeleria Turquoise , available on dreamstuff2000.com

The word “turquoise” dates back to the 17th century. It is derived from the French word for “Turks” Turques. Turquoise was first brought to Europe by traders from Turkey. It was instantly loved by Europeans as a highly sought after jewel of adornment. It was soon found in the better merchant markets of Eastern Europe.

King's Manassa Turquoise , dreamstuff2000

King’s Manassa Turquoise , dreamstuff2000

Turquoise has long been considered a stone that promotes good health. Some other great qualities are the protection from evil and promoting the wearer the promise of good fortune. It is one of the official birthstones for the month of December. Exceptionally beautiful stones, such as turquoise, is certainly stunning, certainly stimulating and certainly getting more rare every year. It is one of those uniquely beautiful things that truly adds to the enchantment of this place called earth.