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Biggest Sale EVER

Saturday, June 29, 2013 9:45:27 AM America/Phoenix

Alltribes Indian Art is offering our customers the greatest sale ever held. From now until July 7th at midnight, Alltribes Indian Art will be offering 35% off of everything in the store.

Congrats John S 3000th FB fan

Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:47:42 AM America/Phoenix

 Congrats to our 3000th Facebook fan here at Alltribes Indian Art. Thank you for becoming a fan John S and hope our gift makes your day.

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Turquoise in the Early 1900's Part Three

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:17:00 PM America/Phoenix

The Zuni value the turquoise more highly than does any other Pueblo tribe, with the exception of the Hopi. A single string of beads of good quality is said to be worth several horses. In former times the Zuni necklaces were more carefully made than they are today, and numbers of them, worn only on ceremonial occasions, have been handed down from father to elder son for several generations. Two red shells inlaid with turquoise and worn pendant to the necklaces during the certain religious rights were in possession of the Zuni from early time; recently Mrs. MC Stevenson succeeded in obtaining one of them for the United States National Museum. According to Mrs. Stevenson, double loops of turquoise beads are worn by the Zuni in the ears only on ceremonial occasions; at other times they are worn pendant to necklaces. Beautiful mosaics consisting of thin pieces of turquoise cemented to wooden slabs are sometimes suspended from the ears. Many Zuni fetishes were supposed to be efficacious in the chase, have pieces of turquoise attached to them. Some are fashioned of stone in crude animal shapes, with inlaid eyes of turquoise. An example of particular interest in the United States National Museum is made of sandstone, dipped in blood, and not only are its eyes of turquoise, but several irregular slabs of this material are inset at intervals over the body.
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Rough Turquoise in 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:35:38 AM America/Phoenix

Here at Alltribes Indian Art we are always seeking out all types turquoise from around the world. This year is no exception; with the closing of the sleeping beauty mine in June of 2012 the supply and demand has been extremely high and difficult. Turquoise prices continue to rise, and finding the right quality for Native American jewelry is not easy. Fortunately, Alltribes Indian Art has been collecting turquoise from mines all over the world for over forty years. From green turquoise to blue turquoise Alltribes has rough turquoise of all varieties shapes and colors. In addition to carrying rough turquoise, we cut and cab right here in our lapidary shop.

Turquoise in the Early 1900's Part Two

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:13:44 AM America/Phoenix

Turquoise finds application by virtue of its supposed efficacy and consequently is prominent in many charms, amulets and fetishes. Few religious rights take place without its use and the paraphernalia of the priesthood abound in objects adorned with it. Turquoise indeed, may be said to hold a fundamental place in the religious ideas of the Pueblo Indians and in their outward ceremonial expression of them. The turquoise utilized varies from very inferior material to really beautiful stones. The majority, however, are of little value as gem material, according to our standards. Turquoise matrix is used along with pure material, although the latter is preferred. The Indian is usually rather keen judge of quality, although he does not so strongly favor the blue color, to the exclusion of the green, as does the white man.

Turquois Use in the Early 1900's

Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:34:35 PM America/Phoenix

This is an expert taken from the book "Turquois" written in 1915, by Joseph Pogue, Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences. Note the spelling of Turquoise is turquois in 1915. This is Part 1 in a 10 Part series so check back next week.

The turquois is today in wide use among Indians of the Southwest, and it forms one of their most cherished possessions. As in the past, it still finds a ceremonial as well as an ornamental application.

The Pueblo Indians find great pleasure in turquois and seldom is a well-to-do representative seen without ornaments of this material. Especially upon gala occasions and during ceremonies is this stone in evidence, and both sexes bedizen themselves with quantities of it. The turquois is most commonly fashioned into discodial and cylindrical beads and into various-size pendants of oblong, triangular, and keystone outline. The work is performed by rubbing the material on sandstone and polishing on finer material, and the turquoise objects are perforated with a bow-drill, usually tipped with a fragment of quartz or flint. The workmanship is rather crude and the finished piece is seldom symmetrical or highly polished. The beads are usually strung on cord, but sometimes on wire, and one or more strands of turquois are used for turquois necklaces, turquois bracelets, and more rarely turquois ear ornaments (earrings). Discoidal beads are most common; in some strands of turquois these alternate with cylindrical shapes, and pendants may be in inserted, especially towards the center, to give variety. Beads of coral and white shell are often combined with the turquois, although their introduction lessens the value of the string. Turquois pendants are frequently worn alone, suspended from the ears; indeed this is perhaps the most common ornament seen in the Southwest.

Alltribes Donates to Troops in Afganistan

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 10:44:33 AM America/Phoenix

Alltribes was both proud and fortunate to have the opportunity to donate hand made product to support a Super Bowl party held in Afghanistan. Along with several other American companies, we helped TASMG TF ( Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group Task Force ) have a wonderful Super Bowl celebration and were happy to have the honor to support our troops. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone serving our country, as we continue to pray for our soldiers safe return.

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Facebook Meets Alltribes

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 10:03:06 AM America/Phoenix

Near the end of 2011, social networking websites are now reaching over 80% of the world’s online population. A new report states that social networking accounts for one out of every five minutes of users online. Facebook accounts for three out of four minutes of online social network usage. It is essentially dominating the social networking world. Although Alltribes Indian Art was at status quo for the past two years, having a corporate presence has proven to be a major part of the retail sector of a websites success. While lying dormant for two years; Alltribes Indian Art was averaging about 7 new company likes a week. Now with the help of Wholesale Internet Solutions and being active on Facebook as a company, we are averaging about 39 new likes a week. We are extremely pleased to announce that we have reached the 1000 likes mark, and are climbing fast. Brand marketing is really the just of how Facebook can help small business become a household name. This practice is not new. Large corporations have been brand marketing and in your face for years for a good reason. With this new age of advertising Facebook has now surpassed Google as our number one referral source.

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Handmade Native American Jewelry

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 3:46:51 PM America/Phoenix

Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet by Joey McCray

Here at Alltribes Native American Art and Jewelry we continue to hand craft some of the finest Native American Jewelry on the market. Currently we are pumping out handmade turquoise jewelry, concho belts and bracelets for the holiday season. With great artist like Verna Blackgoat, Tom Ahasteen and Joey McCray we are getting it done.

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Navajo Veteran A True Story

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 1:54:30 PM America/Phoenix

Navajo Veterans

Usually when we think about Native American veterans, we may think of the Navajo Code Talkers, or the Cherokee Code Talkers of the Great War, or Ira Hayes of Arizona that helped raise the American Flag in Iwo Jima. I would like to introduce you to Joe Kieyoomia an Army soldier that was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines in 1942. Ironically enough Joe was in artillery, as was I in the Marine Corps. Nonetheless, Here is a Navajo veteran whom the Japanese tortured miserably because he was Navajo, and they wanted him to break the Navajo Code talkers code. This Army soldier resoundingly explained to the Japanese that in fact it was all gibberish to him because they used the Navajo language but the code made no sense. There were only a few Navajo's that were designated to decipher the code. Outlasting the torture, not only did Joe survive the Bataan Death march where thousands of our veterans perished, Joe survived the Nagasaki atomic bomb while being held up in a cement cell. Over three years of torture Joe was finally released and lived out his days until 1997. In an interview stated, "Even if I knew about their code, I wouldn't tell the Japanese." What a veteran! While in college, I had the opportunity to go to lunch with two of the original Navajo Code talkers, what an experience. I hope that with Veterans Day in the near future, we thank, admire and continue to support all of our great soldiers that continue to fight for our freedom both past and present.

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Alltribes Launches Facebook Store

Friday, October 28, 2011 12:49:42 PM America/Phoenix

Alltribes Native American Art is glad to present it's new FACEBOOK PRESENCE! With the help of Wholesale Internet Solutions LLC. Alltribes has always set the bar. Having owned stores all over the American Southwest, Alltribes Indian Art has been the leader and pacesetter online for over 16 years. With Navajo, Hopi and Zuni artists on site, we manufacture and offer some of the finest Native American Jewelry and art on the internet. In addition to providing the web community with excellent Native American made products Alltribes also has a huge warehouse and retail shopping store located in Gilbert Arizona.  

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New Turquoise Jewelry Collection

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:10:13 PM America/Phoenix

This unbelievable Antique Vintage Native American Jewelry Collection is from the personal collection of Barbra Felsot. Felsot had been in the Native American art and jewelry business for over 40 years, and only purchased the "best of the best" for her own personal collection. Upon her passing, Felsot's husband Mel offered to let us choose 100 extraordinary pieces to add to our already incredible inventory. The rest of her collection will be sold to Native American museums. Mrs. Felsots collection features some of the finest Royston, Carico Lake, Kingman, and Landers turquoise ever put into jewelry. These pieces range from concho belts, squash blossoms, cuff bracelets and rings. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity! These pieces of Americana will only increase in value over time.

 

This mosaic inlay full Rainbow Man Zuni Squash Blossom Necklace was hand crafted by Zuni Artists Herbert and Esther Cellicion, husband and wife. It was first purchased in 1974. The Cellicion's pieces are among the finest hand crafted Native American Zuni Inlay work in the Southwest. Each featured piece in this set is adorned with genuine Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, black jet, mother of pearl, Mediterranean coral, gold lip and shell abalone. The abalone is a tell tale sign that this piece is truly collectible. It is extremely rare to find abalone complementing Native American jewelry and was often used by the traditional Zuni silversmiths.

 

This Zuni Squash Blossom Necklace set features ten squash blossoms measuring 1 3/4" by 1 1/4" and are strung together with 8mm seam beads. The featured naja measures 4" by 2 1/2" and centers the masterpiece perfectly. This Zuni Rainbow Man Kachina Necklace measures 30" from end to end and uses a traditional hook and eye closer.

 

The Zuni cuff bracelet is perfectly matched with the necklace set and features the Rainbow Man Kachina surrounded by hand cut mosaics on a three wire cuff. This Zuni inlaid bracelet measures 2" tall and 2 5/8" wide. It will fit a size 5 1/2" to 7" wrist.

 

Not to be out done, this set also features a beautiful broach pendant, which is extremely rare, as part of a Native American Zuni Squash Blossom Set. Herbert and Esther created this extra addition which measures 1 1/2" by 1 1/4". Hallmarked and signed this broach pendant can be worn as a pendant or with the fastening pin attached.

 

A great addition to this Rainbow Man Kachina Squash Blossom are the Zuni Earrings which measure 1 1/2" by 1 1/4" and hang appropriately from 10mm seam beads adorned with a turquoise stone. These post earrings are the perfect addition to this Zuni Necklace Set

 

The final piece to this Rainbow Man Zuni Squash Blossom Set is a Zuni Ring. The Mosaic Inlay finish is adorned with all the trimmings and measures 1 1/2" by 1 1/4" and the ring will fit a size 9.

 

Rainbow Man Kachinas, a Zuni symbol, is the Kachina of harmony. This is a sign of the Great Mystery that gives humans the privilege of roaming this great planet. Herbert and Esther Cellion's master craftsmanship is extremely organized. Herbert used Turquoise, Black Jet, both white and Gold Lip, Mother of Pearl and Mediterranean Coral with was first purchased in 1974.

Grades of Turquoise

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:25:52 AM America/Phoenix

Separating turquoise into grades and qualities can be extremely confusing to the average person that does not understand how gemstones are treated and sold. From imitation to natural, turquoise gemstones come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Usually when shopping for turquoise jewelry a buyer can tell just by looking at the prices. Some companies may try and pass off natural for imitation; this is just bad business. Being one of the largest distributors of turquoise in Arizona, we at Alltribes Native American Art & Jewelry take great pride in our lapidary and silver smith artists. and with over 40 years of experience we never misrepresent turquoise as such. Originally when turquoise became popular in the world market, most turquoise jewelry was being built and mined in the American southwest. Now only about 20% of the turquoise you see in jewelry is coming from the American southwest. Mainly the Sleeping Beauty Mine and Kingman. Fortunately we have been collecting turquoise stones in all forms, for the past 40 years, and have some of the rarest natural turquoise found. Manufacturing here in our shop, we have the ultimate opportunity to retain some of the best silver smiths in the southwest. From the Earth, to the bearer of it, we take great pride in our craft and our integrity.

Here is a basic explanation broken down into five types of turquoise on the market


  1. 1. Natural Turquoise: Extremely hard that is essentially straight from the mine. It is suspected that only about 5% of turquoise available on the open market is natural turquoise.

  2. 2. Stabilized Turquoise: Soft turquoise that has been penetrated with a resin. It penetrates and absorbs into the gemstone, in turn; hardens the gemstone. Most natural turquoise will change color over the years depending on how it is stored or the oils of the person wearing it. Most stabilized turquoise will retain its color.

  3. 3. Treated Turquoise: Soft turquoise that is stabilized, except that the resin is also dyed. Colors in treated turquoise may look artificial. But it is still will retain the sky blues and deep greens.

  4. 4. Reconstituted Turquoise: Essentially it is turquoise chalk that is a low grade and has been ground into powder, treated with epoxy resin, dyed, and compressed into block to be cut into shapes for jewelry making. Although it appears to be fake it is still turquoise, the difference being its pulverized and formed.

  5. 5. Imitation Turquoise: This is when a fake or real stone is created from chemicals or another gemstone is penetrated or died. Extremely inexpensive there is some dyed turquoise magnesite on the market that looks great.
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