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Hello...I have a beautiful set of native American jewelry made in the late 40s early 50s I would love to find out more about. The set is a cuff bracelet,tear drop necklace with a chain a ring and earrings. My mother is 96 an she said when she was working in Yellowstone national park at the Camel back Inn,around 1948 an Indian made it for her as a gift. In the winter she would go to Scottsdale AZ. I'm wondering if she might be confused as to where the reservation was. Any way the hallmark I can not find anywhere. I was hoping you could tell me the whom the maker might be,the name of the stone which is gorgeous or an estimated value.I would love to know anything I can possibly learn. Thank you.    Maggie

I'd be happy to take a look at your jewelry. For each item, I'll need several sharply focused images of each item showing the overall design, as well as close-ups of the individual details and the back for any markings. You can upload them here as follow-up questions.  

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Richard Sutton


As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.


My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, and our Ebay Store.

UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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