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2019 American Indian Week - Distinguishing Authentic Native Jewelry Workshop

Overview

Isaac Valenzuela (Acoma & Navajo) of Shumakolowa Native Arts instructs visitors on identifying imported jewelry and synthetic and block stones when shopping for authentic Native American jewelry. Native-made jewelry is beloved for its beautiful craftsmanship and use of age-old materials like turquoise, coral, and sterling silver, but that popularity has a dark side: unscrupulous dealers turn to cheap forgeries and fakes to make a profit off unsuspecting art lovers. Learn critical information from our expert on how to shop wisely and responsibly, ensuring your purchases are genuine and support Native artisans.