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Trading Post and Navajo Zuni Jewelry.
1010 W Historic Highway 66, Gallup, NM 87301
http://www.runningbearjewelry.com...
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We have 2 Unique stores. Chaco Canyon Trading is located in Grants, New Mexico and has the largest selection of Authentic Indian Jewelry in town. We also carry a complete line of Zuni and Hopi Jewelry as well as Rugs, Paintings, Pottery, Dolls and muc...read more
We have 2 Unique stores. Chaco Canyon Trading is located in Grants, New Mexico and has the largest selection of Authentic Indian Jewelry in town. We also carry a complete line of Zuni and Hopi Jewelry as well as Rugs, Paintings, Pottery, Dolls and much more. Retail and Jobbers are welcome. Come visit our New Showroom!! Running Bear is located in Gallup, New Mexico located at the "Y" where Coal meets Old Route 66. We are a Trading Post for Navajo and Zuni Jewelry. Wholesale and Jobbers welcome.Here is some history behind the Navajo and Hopi Jewelry:NavajoSilver arrived to the Southwest via several means. One was in horse gear from Mexico and Spain. Plains Indians also had an important influence on Navajo metallurgy. Wire bracelets of copper, brass, or iron were among the earliest metal ornaments worn by the Southwestern Indians. Silver was soon an important part of Navajo art and jewelry.One of the main components of Navajo jewelry is turquoise. The sacred stone of all Native American people of the Southwest, turquoise has a spiritual healing significance. It is said to keep the person who is wearing it from harm. Most Navajo jewelry is still made in the traditional and classic way. However, some artists are changing styles, forging new ideas and techniques, using inlay of precious and semiprecious stones, channel work, mosaic inlay, and overlay. In addition, the sophisticated use of gold and diamonds has transformed jewelry making from craft to art.HopiThe Hopi Indians have developed a unique style of jewelry making. The designs and concepts are part of the Hopi religion, life and ceremonies. Their jewelry is called overlay. It is made by cutting a design out of one piece of silver and soldering it onto a plain sheet of silver. The design is then oxidized with liver of sulfate to produce beautiful shadows and shading. Originally Hopi jewelry resembled the jewelry of the Navajo Indians. However, in 1947 Paul Saufkie and Fred Kabotie were successful in getting the Federal Government to fund programs to train Hopi G.Is of World War II in the making of overlay jewelry. This led to the opening of the Hopi Silversmith Cooperative Guild in 1949.In the 1930s silversmiths began using hallmarks on their pieces. The hallmarks identified the artists by name, by initials, or by distinctive designs. Today every piece of authentic Hopi overlay jewelry bears the hallmark of the artist. The use of gold, semiprecious and precious stones is becoming more prevalent, but the majority of Hopi jewelry is all sterling silver. Another change is the increasing number of talented women jewelry makers, however the majority of the silversmiths are still men.
 

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  • Sun Closed
  • Mon: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Tue: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wed: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Thu: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Fri: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Sat Closed
 

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We have 2 Unique stores. Chaco Canyon Trading is located in Grants, New Mexico and has the largest selection of Authentic Indian Jewelry in town. We also carry a complete line of Zuni and Hopi Jewelry as well as Rugs, Paintings, Pottery, Dolls and much more. Retail and Jobbers are welcome. Come visit our New Showroom!! Running Bear is located in Gallup, New Mexico located at the "Y" where Coal meets Old Route 66. We are a Trading Post for Navajo and Zuni Jewelry. Wholesale and Jobbers welcome.Here is some history behind the Navajo and Hopi Jewelry:NavajoSilver arrived to the Southwest via several means. One was in horse gear from Mexico and Spain. Plains Indians also had an important influence on Navajo metallurgy. Wire bracelets of copper, brass, or iron were among the earliest metal ornaments worn by the Southwestern Indians. Silver was soon an important part of Navajo art and jewelry.One of the main components of Navajo jewelry is turquoise. The sacred stone of all Native American people of the Southwest, turquoise has a spiritual healing significance. It is said to keep the person who is wearing it from harm. Most Navajo jewelry is still made in the traditional and classic way. However, some artists are changing styles, forging new ideas and techniques, using inlay of precious and semiprecious stones, channel work, mosaic inlay, and overlay. In addition, the sophisticated use of gold and diamonds has transformed jewelry making from craft to art.HopiThe Hopi Indians have developed a unique style of jewelry making. The designs and concepts are part of the Hopi religion, life and ceremonies. Their jewelry is called overlay. It is made by cutting a design out of one piece of silver and soldering it onto a plain sheet of silver. The design is then oxidized with liver of sulfate to produce beautiful shadows and shading. Originally Hopi jewelry resembled the jewelry of the Navajo Indians. However, in 1947 Paul Saufkie and Fred Kabotie were successful in getting the Federal Government to fund programs to train Hopi G.Is of World War II in the making of overlay jewelry. This led to the opening of the Hopi Silversmith Cooperative Guild in 1949.In the 1930s silversmiths began using hallmarks on their pieces. The hallmarks identified the artists by name, by initials, or by distinctive designs. Today every piece of authentic Hopi overlay jewelry bears the hallmark of the artist. The use of gold, semiprecious and precious stones is becoming more prevalent, but the majority of Hopi jewelry is all sterling silver. Another change is the increasing number of talented women jewelry makers, however the majority of the silversmiths are still men.