History of Native American Jewelry

Here at Fang Jewelry, we dedicate our collections to Native American culture specifically the Navajo Tribe.  Since Native American jewelry has become common in this generation, one should be educated on how Native American jewelry began. So when you’re wearing this type of jewelry at festivals, you know the history of it.

History on Native American Jewelry

Throughout history, people from all over the world have been making jewelry and adornments and Native Americans were no different. The majority of this jewelry is rooted back to the southwest of the United States.

Before silver, the majority of Native American jewelry was made of yarn, leather, and sinew. These materials were woven into patterns to create necklaces, bracelets, and clothing. Also, the unique and appealing item of nature were used.

In the late 1800s, that is when Native Americans began making jewelry with silver. This occurred when they encountered the Spaniards where they exchanged jewelry, ornaments for horses and other trinkets.

Usage of Gold

The usage of gold traces back to Aztec times within the natives of Mexico and Central America, it’s believed that the indigenous communities in the southwest used this metal as well.

It could be that the Native American knew how to use metals before the Spaniards arrived.

Usage of Turquoise

Each tribe was unique from one another but one common thing was the usage of beaded turquoise jewelry.

Turquoise and shell were paired with feathers and hung everywhere. The jewelry was traced over 2,3oo years ago in Arizona during the Hohokam era.

The reason turquoise was used so much was because of the power the stone had and all the legends that came with it. The Pima thought the stone brought good fortune and can overcome illnesses. In Hopi legend, the stone held back floods. The Apache believed it could make a gun or arrow shoot straight if the stone was on it. And the Navajo tribe considered it to bring good fortune and would appease the Wind Spirit.

 

The Eagle: The Wildlife Collection

The eagle can be seen in the mythology of many Native American tribes. It is considered a medicine bird that has many powers and is important in many religious ceremonies. Eagles are the king of all birds due to its size but are still graceful when it flies. This creates the first symbolic meaning of the bird and what it stands for.

The Eagle’s Symbolic Meaning

When it comes to the symbolic meanings the Eagle contributes, the majority of it relates to its body. How the eagle uses its body, the meaning is seen and reflected on how it relates to human life and situations.

Although eagles are large, it still has an effortless essence in its habitat. The Native Americans learned about perception where one should never judge a book by its cover. Additionally, to never get disillusioned by our limitation. The eagle might be big but it still soars, therefore, nothing is too grand to overcome and conquer.

Aside from its size, the eagle gives a different perspective literally. Since it is able to fly, it gives an aerial view on life and makes people realize the various ways we need to look at life as well. This deeper meaning allows people to reevaluate their issues and how to handle them.

Eagles might be the king of all birds but it is not the most skilled hunting bird. Nonetheless, it is praised for its opportunistic ways when looking for food. The wisdom and techniques of eagles give a lesson to work smarter, not harder.

The Eagle: The Wildlife Collection

At Fang Jewelry, our eagle collection consists of various pieces that can add the essence that the bird has. Our collection has delicate and minimal pieces that embrace the graceful spirit of the bird. You can also find bold and powerful pieces, qualities the eagle also have.

How to Care and Clean for Brass Jewelry

At Fang Jewelry, we put much emphasis on our silver and sterling silver jewelry but we do make jewelry with other metals. Brass is another type of metal we incorporate in our collections to add a warm color to certain pieces. Our brass jewelry has the perfect tints of gold, as it is a much cheaper alternative, but it does take some care.

Lucky Star Ring

What is brass?

Brass is a metal where both copper and zinc have been combined. With brass, there are three different types: solid, plated and lacquered.

Solid

Solid brass is considered to be “true brass” where it has no additional metals or coating. Additionally, it is the best for traditional polishing compared to plated or lacquered. The other two require a bit more careful and sensitive approach.

Plated

When an item is brass-plated, it’s not brass at all. The piece is actually made of steel but has a thin coating of brass on the outside.

Lacquered

Lacquered brass is classified through a clear coating put on brass. Since most brass tends to oxidize quickly when it is exposed to air, some brass pieces are covered with a clear coating of lacquer to protect it thus, making it lacquered brass.

Brass Star Bangle

Caring and Cleaning Brass Jewelry

With solid brass, it is much tougher than the other types of brass. Therefore, it just needs to be washed with soapy water, air-dried and then polished. When applying polish, a fair amount should be applied and spread with an absorbent rag. While buffing the polish out rapidly, it will create a surface difficult to smudge or discolor.

Since plated brass technically isn’t brass completely, one must be careful when caring and cleaning for it. When plated brass begins to tarnish, the rust is mainly due to the steel beneath. One thing to not do is polish the brass for it could take off the brass.

The most convenient way to go about restoring plated brass is to gently wipe the rusty areas with soap, water, and a soft cloth. For a stronger effect, you can use dish soap. If that does not work, the best option is to get the item re-plated with new brass.

As mentioned, lacquered brass has to coat that is meant to protect the brass from the exposure of air and other elements. To clean lacquered brass, you must first take off the lacquered coating with acetone. If you try to polish lacquered brass with its coating still on, nothing will happen and the polish with give the coating a cloudy look.

After taking off the lacquer coating, you will then have a solid brass material in which you can go ahead and follow the steps above to polish your item.

Black Onyx: The Gemstone Collection

Black Onyx was a controversial stone in older civilization. The stone had a good and bad reputation but it eventually became appreciated for its powers and energy. In Native American culture, the black onyx calmed one throughout any storm. In that sense, the gemstone was able to bring stabilization with one self before any troubled moment.

Black Onyx History

The black onyx is an ancient stone that was used in different civilizations. It was known for its powerful energy and dark beauty. The gemstone was used during ceremonies, burials, scrying and as an amulet on swords, shields, and armors for warriors during battle.

The reason it was used during battles was that it took all negative energy and released mental stress and provide emotional wellness. It also enhanced the development of emotional and physical stamina and strength.

Black Onyx: “The Bad Luck Stone”

The black onyx was known as a strengthening stone but in some civilization, it was seen as bad luck. Due to its dark color, it was believed to invoke sadness, make one angry and make one have mood swings.

In China, many people feared the gemstone because of all the things it caused. Only slaves and menial laborers went mining for the black onyx when they had no other choice to make a living.

Black Onyx Energy

Physical Energy

The gemstone is known to improve functions of nerves and boost the sensory system, specifically those associated with the ears. It is also known to strengthen the immune system which provides stamina, the energy of the body and stops the chances of falling ill again.

Emotional Energy

The black onyx brings stability to emotions in the body. This allows the body to strengthen itself in difficult or confusing situations and during times of mental or physical stress.

The gemstone calms nervousness, stops anxiety and fear, controls tempers and reestablishes rational thinking.

Black Onyx Collection

In our collection, the black onyx gives an edgier feel to our pieces. This dark gemstone is bold and although it is dark, it catches the eye.

Allow this gemstone to give you the strength it provides on a ring, bracelet or on a pendant.

What is Oxidized Sterling Silver?

Here at Fang Jewelry, we make unique pieces of jewelry customized for you. The variety of jewelry we make is with brass and gold but the majority of our collection consists of silver or sterling silver. We offer our customer the choice of getting their silver oxidized too. If you are not sure what oxidized sterling silver is or if it’s worth getting, we have your answers.

Oxidized Sterling Silver

With silver jewelry, the coat is polished and cleaned multiple times to make it sparkle. It has a clean and chic appearance but with oxidized silver, it is a bit different.

When a piece undergoes oxidization, the jewelry becomes exposed to oxygen in a pressurized environment for a long period of time. This gives it a darker coat on top of the jewelry which then gives it an antique and tarnished appearance. From purposely exposing the piece to silver sulfide, the dark patches appear.

Oxidized vs. Non-Oxidized

The antique and tarnished appearance can make you skeptical of getting an oxidized piece. You might question if it will last as long as the chic and shiny sterling silver.

The perks of getting oxidized sterling silver are that you won’t have to worry so much about taking care of it. Oxidized sterling silver is not impacted by tarnish as much. If anything, it will add on to the antique look it already has. It can also be left in any type of environment.

With pure silver or sterling silver, you have to constant polish it to prevent it from tarnishing. And if you want it to maintain in pristine condition, it’s best to keep it in special silver containers and keep it away from large amounts of oxygen.

Tired of the Oxidized Look?

The good thing about silver sulfide is that it can be removed from oxidized sterling silver if you want. There are erosive polishes that can remove silver sulfide from the surface and restore its shine. The only issue is that it can remove some of the piece’s original coat. There are also other polishes the reverse the chemical reaction that turns the silver sulfide back into shiny silver.

The Bat Jewelry: Our Wildlife Collection

Bats are unappealing animals. It makes disturbing noises at night and is simply unattractive. Its nocturnal habits make people afraid of the animal; however, the Native Americans noticed its symbolic meaning.

Bats in Native American Culture

Native Americans saw the world as being connected and realized that having fear of a bat is similar to having fear of their own people.

Bats are keen observers especially at night, and it became an emblem of guidance through the darkness. With its guidance, the bat was able to teach people how to “see” through hearing. Not only that, but its energy allowed people to not always believe what he or she “saw”.

Also, due to its high sensitivity level, it has been a symbol for intuition, dreaming and vision. Because of this, bats became a powerful symbol with Native American shamans and medicine people.

Shamanism, Medicine and Bats

The spirit of a bat was called forth when special energy was needed, “night vision.” This allowed one to see through illusion or ambiguity and get the truth directly.

Bat Symbol

Bats are the most misunderstood animal. Many people believe that bats are a symbol for death and the underworld since it comes out at night but in reality, it is the complete opposite.

Instead of death, bats are seen as a symbol of rebirth and new beginning since it lives in the “belly” of the Earth – caves. From the womb-like caves, it appears at night and is reborn every evening.

Since bats are correlated to death, it wouldn’t come to mind that they are cuddly creatures. Bats are very nurturing and social creatures within its own species.

Due to their warm nature, bats come to remind people to not judge a book by its cover.

The Bat: Our Wildlife Collection

Now that you have learned the true meaning of bats, our bat wildlife collection has a variety of pieces that has taken the animal and either has given it a softer or edgier look.

Add these bats to a chain you already own or wear these nurturing creatures on your ears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Need Two-Toned Jewelry

As two-toned jewelry has always been a part of fashion, you might wonder why it is being sold more. It is neither silver, gold or even rose gold – it is a combination of different colors and that is why it’s so ideal. Here is why you need two-toned jewelry in your jewelry box.

It Saves You Money

One of the main reasons you need two-toned jewelry is because it will save you more money than you think. You might be a person that needs a bracelet in every color because when it comes to accessorizing, you can’t clash different color jewelry.

So instead of buying one bracelet in every color, you can simply buy one that has two tones. That will save you the extra money you originally intended on spending.

You Can Wear More Jewelry

Two-toned jewelry not only will save you money but let you combine much more jewelry. With two-tones, you won’t need to worry about having multiple colors because that’s how your jewelry was originally designed.

Regardless of whether your accessories are gold or white, you can still wear your two-toned ring without an issue and it won’t clash.

It Highlights the Design of Your Jewelry

Some colors are made to highlight certain stones and designs. When a piece of jewelry is one color, stones and designs can get lost in the color. The similarity throughout the jewelry tends to wash away what makes the piece so special.

When having two-tones, certain features are emphasized because of the contrast between the colors. The stones will pop out or the curves and the halo of the piece will be seen.

You can see in our collection how the details stand out because these pieces of jewelry consist of two colors.

Minimalism

In contrast to being able to wear more jewelry, you can also take it to a minimal scale. You can rock multiple colors without wearing too much. Aside from having a clean look while being able to wear multiple colors, your space will also be clean of accessorial clutter.

Always Keeping It Trendy

Two-toned jewelry will always be in style so why not stay in style with it?

You might see gold jewelry become less popular in today’s day and age but that doesn’t mean it’s less relevant. Regardless of the color, when it comes to two-tones jewelry, any color works well together.

Top 7 Reasons To Buy Handmade Jewelry

Handmade jewelry is always a better idea. We offer you top 7 reasons to help you make up your mind if you are in a dilemma. While machine produced jewelry may be more affordable, it isn’t unique and will not last very long.

 

Handmade jewelry is for stylish women who are particular about what they wear. Today when anything can be turned into a copy in a New York second, it is highly important to remain original.

 

If you are one of those people who value originality, creativity and unique design, then you probably don’t need seven or more reasons to make up your mind when shopping for handmade jewelry.

Design – Handmade jewelry is a statement jewelry no matter its size. The online markets are flooded with terrible copies of designer necklaces and rings. But, if you are one of those ladies who simply hate to wear jewelry made of questionable material, that will turn your skin green only after a few hours of wearing, then keep reading. Handmade jewelry is designed to be unique, and if you check Fang Jewelry Studio on Etsy, you will perhaps forget about this article, because you will find at least one or seven uniquely designed pieces that are just according your taste.

Arabesque bracelet

Artistic value – The artist put their time, energy, love and attention to create one of a kind ring or bracelet. Jewelry just like clothing is a fashion statement and art statement at the same time.

Carving of a bull buckle (silver and gold)
Carving of the golden eagle

Longevity – When you spend money on good jewelry you expect it to last, right? Invest your money in a store that guarantees to sell silver or gold handmade jewelry.

Silver and gold eagle medallion

Quality – Buying cheap jewelry online or at your local store may cause you serious skin conditions. You may spend money on the cutest necklace that goes perfectly with your dress, but below that silver color, the piece is made of copper, nickel and more often than not, plastic. A piece of jewelry that makes your skin green is surely not sexy, nor is good for your general health. Handmade artists, especially those like Fang, use materials such as gold and silver, without any bad additives for your skin.

Handmade jewelry: carving of a silver bar

Support of the local artists – By investing your money in small business you are supporting real artists. You help them remain on the market and continue create one of a kind pieces.

Process of creating: three handmade pieces in the process of carving and cutting.

Style – No man or woman of style should be seen settling for second best. Stay true to your sense of fashion and art and focus on handmade jewelry.

You can be part of the design – You can give the artist some of your ideas. This way you can get the exact piece of jewelry you always imagined to have. If this isn’t the best reason, I don’t know what is?

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