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The Hottest American Indian Jewelry Site On The Web  (In Our Opinion).

New and "Old Pawn" Turquoise Jewelry, And Native American Indian Jewelry Made by Navajos and Zuni Indians is our specialty.

Our "NO QUIBBLE GUARANTEE" protects you.  No hassles, guilt trips, silly questionnaires, and absolutely no BS! If you do not like any merchandise purchased from us, for any reason,  return it, undamaged,  within 20 days, for a full refund of your purchase price.  (this is a refund, not a "Store Credit")  NO QUESTIONS ASKED - YOU ARE THE FINAL JUDGE.


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(Sixteen Million +)

We could charge twice the price for this quality turquoise jewelry, but we'll let our competitors do that. (with their fake "50% off" nonsense)

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"New Bracelets, Page #1"
"New Bracelets, Page #1A"
"New Bracelets, Page #1B"
"New Bracelets, Page #2"
"New Bracelets, Page #2A"
"New Bracelets, Page #2B"
"New Bracelets, Page #3"
"New Bracelets, Page #3A"
"New Bracelets, Page #4"
"New Bracelets, Page #4A"
"New Bracelets, Page #5"
"New Bracelets, Page #5A"
"New Bracelets, Page #6"
"New Bracelets, Page #6A"
New Bracelets, Page #6B"
"New "Slave" Bracelets, Page #7"
"Leather Arm Guards, Page #7A"
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"Old Pawn, Bracelets, Page #8"
"Old Pawn, Bracelets, Page #8A"
"Old Pawn, Bracelets, Page #9"
"Old Pawn, Bracelets, Page #9A"
"Old Pawn Bracelets, Page #10"
"Old Pawn Bracelets, Page #11"
"Old Pawn Bracelets, Page #12"
"Old Pawn Bracelets, Page #13"
"Old Pawn Bracelets, Page #14"
"Old Pawn Bracelets, Page #15"
"New Necklaces, Page #16"
"New Necklaces, Page #16A"
"New Necklaces, Page #16B"
"New Necklaces, Page #17"
"New Necklaces, Page #17A"
"New Necklaces, Page #17B"
"New Necklaces, Page #18"
"New Necklaces, Page #18A"
"New Necklaces, Page #19"
"New Necklaces, Page #19A"
"New Necklaces, Page #20"
"New Necklaces, Page #20A"
"New Necklaces, Page #21"
"New Necklaces, Page #22"
"New Necklaces, Page #22A"
Liquid Silver Necklaces, Page #22B
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"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #23"
"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #23A"
"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #24"
"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #24A"
"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #25"
"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #25A"
"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #26"
"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #26A"
"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #26B"
"Old Pawn Necklaces, Page #27"
"Men's Watch Bands, Page #28"
"Men's Watch Bands, Page #29"
"Lady's Watch Bands, Page #30"
"Lady's Watch Bands, Page #31"
"Men's Watch Cuffs, Page #32"
"Men's Watch Cuffs, Page #32A"
Old Pawn Watch Cuffs, Page #32B
"Lady's Watch Cuffs, Page #33"
"Lady's Watch Cuffs, Page #33A"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #35"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #35A"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #35B"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #36"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #36A"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #36B"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #37"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #37A"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #37B"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #38"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #38A"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #38B"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #39"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #39A"
"New Pendants, Pins, Page #39B"
"Religious Crosses, Page #39C"
"Religious Crosses, Page #39D"
Old Pawn Pendants, Pins, Page #40
Old Pawn Pendants, Pins, Page #41

"New Bolo Ties, Page #42"
"New Bolo Ties, Page #43"
"New Bolo Ties, Page #44"
"New Bolo Ties, Page #45"
"New Bolo Ties, Page #46"
"Old Pawn Bolo Ties, Page #47"
"Old Pawn Bolo Ties, Page #48"
"Old Pawn Bolo Ties, Page #49"
"Old Pawn Bolo Ties, Page #49A"
"Old Pawn Bolo Ties, Page #49B"
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"New Rings, Page #50"
"New Rings, Page #50A"
"New Rings, Page #51"
"New Rings, Page #51A"
"New Rings, Page #52"
"New Rings, Page #52A"
"New Rings, Page #53"
"New Rings, Page #53A"
"New Rings, Page #54"
"New Rings, Page #55"
"New Rings, Page #56"
"Old Pawn Rings, Page #57"
"Old Pawn Rings, Page #57A"
"Old Pawn Rings, Page #58"
"Old Pawn Rings, Page #58A"
"Old Pawn Rings, Page #59"
"Old Pawn Rings, Page #60"
"Old Pawn Rings, Page #61"
"Old Pawn Rings, Page #62"
"Ring Sizing Page #65"
"New Barrettes, Page #68"
"New Concho Belts, Page #69"
"New Concho Belts, Page #70"
"New Concho Belts, Page #71"
"New Concho Belts, Page #71A"
"Old Pawn Concho Belts, Page #72"
"Old Pawn Concho Belts, Page #73"
"Old Pawn Concho Belts, Page #74"
"New Belt Buckles, Page #75"
"New Belt Buckles, Page #75A"
"New Belt Buckles, Page #76"
"New Belt Buckles, Page #76A"
"Old Pawn Belt Buckles, Page #77"
"Old Pawn Belt Buckles, Page #78"
"New Earrings, Page #83"
"New Earrings, Page #83A"
"New Earrings, Page #84"
"New Earrings, Page #84A"
"New Earrings, Page #85"
"New Earrings, Page #85A"
"New Earrings, Page #86"
"New Earrings, Page #86A"
"New Earrings, Page #87"
"New Earrings, Page #88"
"New Earrings, Page #89"
"New Earrings, Page #90"
"New Clip Earrings, Page #91"
"Key Chains, Clips, Etc, Page #92"
"Key Chains, Clips, Etc, Page #92A"
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"Pocket Knives, Page #93"
"Hunting Knives, Page #94"
"Handmade Navajo Rugs, Page #95"
"Handmade Navajo Rugs, Page #96"
"Turquoise Stones", Page #100"
"Turquoise Stones", Page #100A"
"Turquoise Stones", Page #100B"
"Turquoise Stones", Page #100C"
"Zuni Stone Fetishes, Page #101"
"Close Out Items, Page #102"
"Close Out Items, Page #103"

"Index, or "Home" Page"

There is no jewelry in these last
two sections - only information!

"Jewelry Repairs"
"Terms, Conditions"
"Layaway Terms"
"How to Order"
"Privacy Statement"
"About Us"
"Navajo Silversmiths"
"Zuni Jewelry Makers"
"Please Join Our E-mail List!"
"FA Questions"
"Where's the Customers?"
"What is "Old Pawn?"
"Appraisals"
"Purchases from Individuals"
"Disclaimer"
"Trademark"
"Weekly Letter Archives"
Some Wild (But True) Stories and
Other Stuff

"Want to read a true "Wolf" story?"
"Want to read a true "Thief" story?"
"No One's Here, We're Gone"
"Ugly's First Rock Hunting Trip"
"Trip to a Reservation"
"A Rough Trip Home!"
"Bear? What Bear?"
"A True Story of Lies"
"Where in the World Are
     Ugly Otter's Customers?"

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"Native American Jewelry, Turquoise Jewelry"

We are suppliers of some of the finest, least expensive, Native American Jewelry and Turquoise Jewelry to be found. We have decades of experience in scouting for fine Sterling Silver Southwestern Indian Jewelry and we offer it to you with pride. Our prices are very low considering these products are high quality - when we say  something is "Sterling Silver", "Real Turquoise",  or "Native American Made", that's exactly what we mean!! And, everything is priced, here, now, for you to compare!



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Old Pawn Indian Turquoise Jewelry

The items seen on our Old Pawn web pages would have a long, probably sad, story to tell if they had the ability to tell us their history.  In  times past, the people of this area made, wore, and treasured their turquoise jewelry as not only a thing of adornment, a protector of good health, but also as portable wealth.  They still do so - the lucky ones.  Not having ready access to banks,  or cash money, this  turquoise jewelry would often serve as the family "reserve" or "emergency" fund.  Also, the turquoise is thought of as a healing and protecting agent.  

In times of need, this  turquoise jewelry could be easily used as security with an authorized trader (pawned) for cash to meet the current crisis.  Then, when the crops came in, or the sheep were shorn - or whatever - the  turquoise jewelry could be redeemed and take its place back in the family. 

Unfortunately, on occasion this  turquoise jewelry would not be redeemed as planned.  The lender would keep it for the agreed amount of time, and if the loan were not paid off by the agreed date, the Pawn Shop, or Trader, would be authorized to sell the turquoise jewelry.  

And, often, when the elders of the family die, the items are pawned, and the money is divided up within the family. Us other Americans do basically the same thing, except we call it "Probate" and a large part may go to some lawyer somewhere. 

That's where we enter the picture.  We scour these pawn shops on and near the Reservations to find these items.  From our Trading Post to Window Rock (on the Navajo Reservation), to Zuni Pueblo (on the Zuni Reservation), and back home, is a 827 mile round trip.  It's not an easy thing.  The miles are over twisty mountian roads, or desolate deserts in this part of the world.   At the same time,  we feel deeply for those who have lost their treasures.  

There is no doubt that many of the items shown here have been the pride of some family in years gone past.  It has been worn in ceremonials, family gatherings, in times of joy, and in times of sorrow.  Some has been sold, stolen, pawned,  loved, inherited, lost, found, given, cherished,  gambled for, gambled with, and taken away. Whatever the reason, it has left the family where it was loved and treasured.  We only hope that whoever buys it from these web pages can appreciate its worth, not only for what it is, but for what it represents.  And, who knows?  Maybe - just maybe - the turquoise jewelry survived and the family did not.  
 What a story it could tell . . . . . . . .

When we find this turquoise jewelry, and buy it, we can't help but think about its history.  The mystery surrounding it. These are not "tourist trap items", nor cheap imports.  Many pieces do not even have the makers name inside it.  They knew who made it, and it was made to be worn by them, or their friends, or relatives.  These were part of someone's life.  

Somehow, we handle it a little more carefully.  We don't polish it - we don't remove the signs of wear - the signs of use.  It really meant something, to someone.  We hope that it means something special to that someone who finally ends up with it.  Maybe that someone is you - then - again - maybe  -  who knows. . . . . . . .


New Native American Jewelry

We do, of course, specialize in New Native American Indian Jewelry. This is the main part of our business. The Ugly Otter and his wife, travel thousands of  miles a year hunting and selecting this jewelry.  We are not complaining - we enjoy the trips, enjoy dealing with our friends there, enjoy selecting the quality jewelry that we strive to present on our web pages.

We buy this new jewelry directly from the artist themselves in many cases.  However, some of the artists are scattered throughout the Reservations and it is almost impossible to find them, especially on short notice.  The Navajo Nation covers a territory larger than the combined states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  It is the largest reservation-based Indian nation within the United States, both in land area and population.  More than 200,000 Navajos live on the 24,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation.  The Navajos' name for themselves is Diné, meaning "the people."  The Navajo Nation comprises approximately 16 million acres, mostly in northeastern Arizona, but including portions of northwestern New Mexico and southeastern Utah. It is a land of vast spaces and only a few all-weather roads. Eighty-eight percent of the reservation is without telephone service and many areas do not have electricity.

 So, bordering the Reservations are authorized traders to whom these artists take their products.  There, they are purchased from the artists, and there, we go when we are in the vicinity, and in turn, purchase these items on a wholesale basis.   

Most of the Navajo and Zuni jewelry we specialize in is made by family enterprises.  The older generations are the teachers of the younger people.  Some member of the family does the rough silver work.  Another member may set the stones.  Yet another may do the final polishing and buffing of the piece.  In many cases, it is up to the wife or mother to do the actual trading.

 Many families have a set of designs that they have developed over the years, and they tend to produce jewelry of that same pattern over and over again.  No two pieces will be alike, but the general lay-out may be recognized as being made by a particular family.  Some individual artists will make designs of their own, but even these can generally be recognized by those who study Indian jewelry.  

We, here at the Ugly Otter Trading Post, do not claim to be experts in this type of jewelry.  (Or any other type for that matter)  However, we have dealt in Native American jewelry of the Southwest for many years and can, on occasion, identify the artist by looking closely at the finished product.

One thing we found very early in our trading is that  99.9% of the Native Americans we deal with are honest.  If they say something is sterling silver, then it is.  If they say the turquoise is from a particular mine, then it is.  If they can get the best of you in a trade, they will do so - but they will not cheat.  Some of them are very sharp traders!  

Third World knock-offs.  Yes, we find these, too.  Gotta be careful, as a few wholesalers do specialize in these fake Indian Jewelry items, but we pretty well know who they are.  Yep, they, too,  are on the web, some of them.  They can take care of their business, and we'll take care of ours.  The "high road" is always the best in the long run.   

This Third World stuff can usually be recognized for what it is with careful attention to detail.  We prefer to buy from trusted sources, therefore we don't buy from individuals who might be trying to sell something they purchased while on trips, or inherited, or were given, unless we can see the jewelry "in person".  Many times they believe they are in posession of something very valuable while the truth is, it may be nearly worthless!  We personally know of one gentleman who purchased a "turquoise" bead necklace only to find out much later that what he had was actually sheep droppings painted with glossy turquoise colored paint!  He was vexed, to say the least.  

We know of no person who can look at a piece of jewelry and say for a fact who made it, unless that person either witnessed it being made, or made it themselves. A bracelet, for example, cannot talk.  A name engraved on it cannot talk.   A "certificate" attached to it cannot talk.  (Blank certificates, by the way, are for sale in jewelry supply shops - just fill them out, and there you have a "Certificate of Authenticity".  We don't believe in using these.)   Even though we have many, many years experience in buying and selling the type of jewelry seen on these pages, we do not, and can not, claim to know for an absolute fact who, how, or when it was made. Accordingly, we may indicate "Navajo", "Santo Domingo", "Hopi", "Zuni", or other such descriptions which means it is our belief that the piece being shown represents the style of a particular tribe as we know it. It does not mean that we are saying for a fact that it was made by any particular tribe. We are traders and do not claim mystic powers.  

Most of the products on our website have been designed and made by Native Americans.  However, many of these artists, despite their birth and heritage, cannot legally call their work Native American, or Indian made.  The U.S. Government has created a law and system making it difficult for many true Native American artists to obtain the proper tribal registration and identification due to a lengthy and complicated process.  We are fortunate enough to have suppliers with workshops staffed with some of the best Native American master silversmiths working today.  While some of those Native American artists do indeed have the proper registration and census number, some of them do not.  

On occasion we purchase products firmly believing they are American Indian made,  and later find that they may be imported products which appear to have been American Indian made.  In addition, we do feature a very few items which we know are not American Indian made,  (Liquid Silver items, for example) and we say so in their description on the web page.  Therefore,  because of this, the prior two paragraphs, and the following is our disclaimer which for our own protection (and to make the lawyers happy) is posted here.   "Ugly Otter Trading Post does not warrant or represent that any particular item which is sold or offered for sale on this web site is an authentic Indian art or craft as defined by the laws of the United States, or the laws of any other jurisdiction".

Buying jewelry from individuals.
 Appraising Indian Jewelry

 
No, we don't buy from individuals who may have inherited or otherwise obtained Native American Jewelry unless we can actually see the jewelry.  We can't buy from photos.   
No, we are not appraisers.

 We buy only from known and trusted Indian sources, or reputable Indian Traders who we've dealt with for years, unless we can actually see the jewelry in person.  There is a lot of "Indian Jewelry" made in third world countries, and we have to be careful.  Sorry!!   "Click Here for More Details"


 
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UGLY OTTER™ TRADING POST
1188 Court St, #50
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Phone 775 753 5396

FAX 775 753 4093

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Our "NO QUIBBLE GUARANTEE" protects you.  No hassles, guilt trips, silly questionnaires, and absolutely no BS! If you do not like any merchandise purchased from us, for any reason,  return it, undamaged,  within 20 days, for a full refund  (this is a refund, not a "Store Credit") of your purchase price  NO QUESTIONS ASKED - YOU ARE THE FINAL JUDGE. (see our "Terms & Conditions" page for more details)


Turquoise Jewelry, Silver Necklaces, Kokopellis, Sterling Silver Necklaces, Turquoise Bracelets, Bear Claw Jewelry, Southwestern Crafts,  American Indian Bracelets, Navajo Bracelets, and Indian Crafts and others are all on this web site, just click on correct page in the index above to see them.
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