Lapis Lazuli: The Gemstone Collection

As one of the most sought over gemstones, Fang Jewelry has incorporated the lapis lazuli in its gemstone collection. The vibrant blue color is the perfect contrast against our silver rings and creates a bohemian and carefree vibe for any outfit. Before discussing our collection, there’s a reason why the lapis lazuli is the most sought over the ring which we will discuss.

Meaning of Lapis Lazuli

It’s obvious why the gemstone was highly valued in ancient times – the color. The deep blue color is a symbol of royalty, honor, spirit, vision, gods, and power. Additionally, the gemstone is a symbol of wisdom and truth.

History in Different Societies

In Egypt, the gemstone was highly prized and was often used in various jewelry, as a color dye when grounded and used in healing elixirs.

The vibrant color of the gemstone established many symbols in different societies. In ancient Persia and the pre-Columbian era, the gemstone signified the starry night. During the medieval ages in Europe, the gemstone symbolized the heavens and keep away spirits of darkness.

On the other hand, Buddhists found the gemstone to bring inner peace and freedom from negative thoughts.

Uses of Lapis Lazuli

Just as the gemstone is one of the most wanted stones, it is also a powerful crystal. It has the ability to activate your higher mind and improving intellectual ability. Also, it is known to improve memory. Aside from that, it prompts the desire for knowledge, truth and guides the process of learning.

Lapis Lazuli Collection

At Fang Jewelry, we have created various pieces that consist of the highly prized gemstone. You can find different jewelry pieces suitable to your liking from pendants to rings.

The gemstone looks perfect on our rings as it has the ability to catch anyone’s attention. We also have a perfect pair of earrings that have the perfect touch of vibrant blue. If earrings or rings aren’t in your favor, there are bangles and pendants you can attach to your necklace.

What you are looking for, we have.

 

 

Halloween Collection: Skulls

At Fang Jewelry, we are known for our indigenous collections but have expanded our collection to different focuses. We have created unique pieces that have an edgier feel and is perfect for the upcoming holiday of Halloween.

Silver Skull Pendant

Skull Collection

There is a variety of pieces that have skulls on it. Whether you want to wear them around your neck, fingers or wrist – there is a piece meant for you.

All of the pieces are made of sterling silver which is an easy alloy to take care of. This metal requires little maintenance which makes it easier for you. Since sterling silver is a durable metal, you would not need to worry much about it breaking. The mixture of silver and other metals allows it to withstand much usage.

Skull Rings

The majority of our skull collection consists of rings where you can find different styles to your liking. There are biker rings, punk rings and gothic rings you can choose from. Additionally, you can also choose to have a few oxidized to create an edgier and vintage look or have the classic shiny sterling silver look to it.

Some of the rings have a classic look that just consists of skulls. You can choose from double skulls or just one if you want a simpler look. On the other hand, there is one ring that can complete any edgy look and has a complete biker essence to it. The silver skull ring has a skull and combines features from our WW2 Pilot Ring.

Silver Skull Ring

Skull Necklace

For our necklaces, you have the option of going for a gothic or indigenous look. This is the only pieces where you can choose from these types.

The gothic skull necklace is a clean silver chain necklace that has a skull and a bone pendant attached to it. The necklace is the perfect pirate-themed piece if you’re looking to complete that costume.

On the other hand, you have the indigenous piece that is much more vibrant than any other piece. It is decorated with various indigenous pendants like arrows and feathers. The reason it is vibrant is because of the chain. Instead of it being just plain and simple, it is a multi-colored beaded necklace.

Deer Leather Necklace

Skull Earrings

These skull earrings will instantly catch anyone’s attention. The bold skull will show your mischievous essence or even your dark side.

The best part is for those who just want one earring, you can order a single earring.

The Legend of the Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers are often seen on walls, trees, porches and even souvenir shops. But what is the significance of it where it is often seen in many places? These items are also transformed into jewelry at Fang Jewelry. The origin and legend behind the dreamcatcher are deep and important within the Native American community.

Dream Catcher Necklace

History of the Dreamcatcher

The dreamcatcher is obviously associated with Native Americans but there is conflict on where it originated from. Between the Ojibwa Chippewa and Lakota tribe, each has their own legend. Although, it is mainly believed that it originated from the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe.

Ojibwa Chippewa Legend

To understand where dreamcatchers came about, one must understand the translation of it. The word for the item is asabikeshiinh, which means “spider”. It is evident as to why it translates to spider since the dreamcatcher is woven into a web, making it look like a spider web.

The Ojibwa people found spiders to be a symbol of protection and comfort. There is a story amongst their community of a mystical and maternal “Spider Woman” who was a spiritual protector of the tribe. This protection was strongest with children and babies.

As the tribe continues to grow and go different directions, it was hard for the Spider Woman to protect all so the first dreamcatcher was made. With that, mothers would recreate the maternal remembrance to symbolize the mystical protection over families and children all over.

Dreamcatcher Purpose

Traditionally, these items were used as a totem to protect those who sleep from bad dreams and nightmares. It was sometimes known as “Sacred Hoops”.

Dreams were believed to fill the night air, both the good and bad. It was hung above the bed where the morning sunlight was able to hit it.

With dreamcatchers, it had the ability to capture all types of dreams in its web – not just bad ones. The good dreams passed through the spaces of the web and slide down the feather as it comforted the sleeper below it. On the other hand, bad dreams were caught in the protective net and destroyed. The morning sunlight then burned it up after.

 

 

Why You Should Buy Silver Jewelry

There are many different types of metals you can buy when choosing jewelry. But silver is the type you want to go for. There are many different reasons why silver jewelry is the best options for you. Aside from having endless options at Fang Jewelry, here is why you should buy silver jewelry.

Horseshoe Nail Ring

1. Highlights the rock

Unlike gold, silver is the best when it comes to highlighting all types of rocks. It has the ability to make any crystal, diamonds or gemstone like no other metal can.

With that, it makes your money worth spending. If you get a piece that does has a rock on it, you would want the focus to go on it. Therefore, silver would not over-shine the rock.

2. Cheaper to buy

Silver is amongst one of the cheaper metals that still have a chic look to it. In comparison to gold, which has often been used in luxurious pieces, it has taken a downfall.

Many sellers are trading in gold for silver, which is not just cheaper for them, but cheaper for you as well. High-end brands, like Tiffany’s, are starting to incorporate silver jewelry in their collection.

3. Weighs less

Aside from being cheaper, silver jewelry also light-weight. This makes it much more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Also, it is super beneficial in the future, especially when it comes to wearing earrings or necklaces. When ear pieces are too heavy and worn for years, the earhole can stretch. Similarly, neck pain can be caused when necklaces are too heavy.

Silver Feather Earrings

4. Resilient

Whether it is fine or sterling silver, these pieces are much more durable and resilient. Again, this will make it worth buying since it is guaranteed it will last longer.

In relation to gold, gold is softer and has a higher risk of bending, warping, and gouging.

5. True to color

Silver jewelry compliments all colors, like the color of your clothes and skin complexion. Gold can alter the color of your clothes which will set a negative impact on the hue. With skin complexion, gold often washes out those with warmer undertones causing an off-set yellow tone.

Silver jewelry will also enhance and complement colors, whether it’s from your clothes or skin complexion.

 

The Power of the Sun

The sun has been symbolically used throughout history in different regions and cultures. Additionally, it has been recognized as a cosmic power which is why it is seen in many artifacts and writings. Within Native American culture, it was significant in all the tribes. Here’s why it was of great importance.

Silver Sun Pendant

The Sun’s Power

It is well known that Native Americans were, and still are, spiritual people. The energy of items and nature play an important role in how their traditions were built and passed on.

The reason it was an essence in their everyday life was that it was one of the natural phenomena that govern life. Since it is the provider of heat and light, it facilitates the growth of plants for food. Hence, why it is seen as the governor of life.

Although the sun played a pivotal role in Native American tribes, the significance was different within each community.

Turquoise Pendant Gemstone

Symbolism of the Sun

Below are the various meanings and significance of it with each Native American tribe.

The Seven Rays

This sun is the most common amongst Native American tribes. In the design, it has seven rays which represent the seven energy centers within humans. This symbol portrays a peace-loving person. Also, it represents any entity evolved enough to have an internal light that it radiates the outside world.

The Navajo Sun

This type of sun is seen with feather arrangements which are used to record war stories and heroic events. Also, it is related directly to the sun where it connects to creation.

The Hopi Sun

The symbol represented the heart of cosmos and handles passion, growth, and vitality. Furthermore, it is a symbol of creative and natural energy.

It was said that the sun was a supreme god sent from the Hopi’s dependence for the growth of corn and other crops.

 

 

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Minimalist Jewelry

Fang Jewelry has a variety of jewelry suitable for any audience. Although most are influenced by Native American culture, there are other categories. Our minimalist jewelry has a unique essence with little details you would not see anywhere else. Therefore, here’s why minimalist jewelry is the way to go when purchasing jewelry.

1. Easy to style

This reason goes hand-in-hand with the first one. Since minimalist jewelry is less, it is easier to style. You do not need to worry about wearing too much because the pieces are so simple.

The main thing is noticing the placement of each piece. Most people do layer necklaces and stack rings on their fingers.

Thunderbird Ring

2. Less is more

It is easy to say that jewelry culture has changed tremendously throughout the years. About 30 years ago, women would wear bold statement but not so much today. With minimal jewelry, sometimes, less is more. You can bring forward the attention to your pieces even though it might be small and simple.

When too much bold jewelry is put together, it’s hard to know where to look. With minimalist jewelry, the focus to instantly brought to your pieces because not so much is happening.

 

3. Always trendy

The simplicity of minimal jewelry makes it always trendy. You can never go wrong with a plain bangle or a simple necklace in your jewelry box.

Unlike bold and bright jewelry, minimal jewelry can always be worn no matter the year.

Twisted Bangle

4. You can combine different pieces

Without a doubt, minimalist jewelry was meant to be combined with other minimal pieces. You can have an endless amount of minimal jewelry and always find the right pieces to go together.

No matter how much you put together, it will never look overdone or “too much.” Which goes to the next reason as to why you need minimalist jewelry.

5. Clean and elegant look

If you take a look back in time, the style of jewelry was quite extravagant. With time, it seemed to have down-sized and people are going back to the basics.

The basic and simplicity give you a cleaner and elegant look. With minimal jewelry, you can amplify any outfit with small pieces that will give it shine and charm.

Even if you have multiple pieces on, it will always portray a clean and elegant look.

Who is Kokopelli?

Our collections have various symbols and icons that are important in Native American culture. One of these icons is Kokopelli, who is commonly seen in the Southwest of the United States. But who was Kokopelli and why is he so icon? Here we have your answers for you.

Kokopelli Pendant

Who is Kokopelli?

Kokopelli is a fertility deity and within the Hopi people, he carries unborn children on his back. Therefore, many little girls have become afraid of him.

Additionally, he is the officiate over animal reproduction which is why he is frequently represented with animals from deer to various insects.

He is depicted as a humpbacked flute player where his flute plays an important role in his other representations.

Within the agriculture aspect, he uses his flute to chase away winter and bring in spring. Also, the Zuni and many other tribes associate him with the rain.

Sometimes, he is seen with another flutist, Paiyatamu, in corn-grinding ceremonies. Because of that, he is also known to have seeds carried on his back.

Hopi Ring

Kokopelli and the Southwest

Kokopelli is associated greatly with the Southwest region of the United States. Over 3,000 years ago, there were petroglyphs found that were carved. Even though the origins of this mythical icon is unknown, he has been an embodiment of the Southwest and is seen all over in the area.

Kokopelli’s Various Origins Ideologies

There have been many speculations of who Kokopelli was and what he stood for. The first image of him was dated back between 750 and 850 AD. This led to some idea that his figure was a representation of ancient Aztecs known as pochteca.

These ancient Aztecs had various items and goods carried on their backs which could have constructed the figure of Kokopelli.

Furthermore, he was seen as a trader. He used his flute to portray himself as friendly while reaching the settlement. But to others, he wasn’t a trader but someone who informed.

Due to Kokopelli’s ancient findings of painting and carvings, it’s difficult to put a finger on where his image came from.

Source.

 

Handmade Jewelry: The Arrow Meaning

Native American’s main form of communication was through history, thoughts, ideas, and dreams. With that, symbols and signs, like arrows, played a major role in how they were expressed. The arrow meaning amongst Native American culture vary from tribe to tribe and to understand the meaning, we have it here for you.

Arrow Ring

The Arrow – A Necessity

The arrow was an important necessity within the Native American lifestyle because it served as a survival tool. It was a simple tool but allowed people to hunt and gather food, clothes, and tools. Also, it served as a weapon during battles.

Arrow Usage

As mentioned earlier, it was a tool that helped the Native Americans survive. Arrows can be seen on various indigenous objects like teepees, clothes, instruments and also done on tattoos.

Silver Arrow Pendant

Arrow Meaning

In general, the arrow symbolizes various human fundamental values. It represents harmony, conflict, progress and many other things that are relatable.

Arrows are a popular symbol within Native American culture but it symbolizes different things depending on the design.

Single Arrow Point to the Right

A single arrow means the general significance which is protection and defense. It can also mean direction, force, and movement. When it is pointed to the left, it is warding off evil and pointing down or broken, is a signal of peace.

Crossed Arrows

When two arrows are crossed, it represents the friendship between people.

Bundle of Five Arrows

Each arrow in the bundle represented one of the five founding tribes in the Iroquois League. The bundle of arrows shows strength and unity. A single arrow is easy to break but trying to break five is much more powerful.

Feather Arrows

Feathers placed on the shaft of an arrow symbolizes unity, triumph, and independence.

Two Arrows Pointing Opposite Directions

These arrows symbolized war or conflict.

 

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.