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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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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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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.

Evaluating Turquoise

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:08:55 AM America/Phoenix

Genuine Bisbee Turquoise Sterling Silver Bracelet

Technically speaking, turquoise is the hydrous basic aluminum phosphate plus copper. It is found in most of the Southwestern copper producing states, with Nevada and Arizona in the lead, followed by Colorado and New Mexico. Some turquoise comes from mines worked specifically for the gemstone; some comes from copper mines as a by-product. But it is a mio think that because a turquoise stone came from the Bisbee stake mine in Arizona, for instance, that it is superior quality. Each mine has varying grades of turquoise and only a small percentage of any mines production is of high grade quality. There are four major evaluations for determining the quality of turquoise; Density, hardness, color and matrix.

 

Density is the weight of a certain substance as related to its volume. A box of foam rubber, for instance, will have less density than a similar box of iron. The more dense a turquoise stone is, the higher polish it will take; with less space between the molecules of the stone, the better its resistance to fracturing.

 

Hardness is a factor in evaluating and gemstone. On a scale 1 to 10, high grade turquoise should be between 5.7 and 7. Some turquoise is chalky soft and is therefore regarded as a lower grade.

 

Color, while a matter of personal preference as to the range from sky blue to grass green does not affect the intrinsic value of the stone as long as it has density, hardness and a well bonded matrix. However, deep blue turquoise stones are the most sought after among buyers.

 

The the American Southwest, where turquoise is the hallmark of the regional lifestyle, matrix is important. Elsewhere in the world, turquoise with no matrix at all and in a paler sky blue color is highly regarded.

 

Spiderweb Turquoise Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

The matrix is defined as the type of rock or mineral that is mixed with the turquoise. It appears as spider webbing or veining on the face of the turquoise stone. Its color can range from black and brown to lavender. If one of the combining minerals of the matrix is of low density, the stone will fracture easily in cutting or wearing. There's one other consideration in evaluating turquoise. That of course, is the size of the stone. Since most turquoise comes in small veins or nuggets, the larger pieces are rare. Therefore a turquoise stone the size of a coin purse, for instance, may cost twice as much per a carat as a turquoise stone of equal quality but half the size.

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