Native American Jewelry Hallmarks
Native American jewelry trademarks or hallmarks are the marks on the jewelry that identify the artist. The term refers to the initials and symbols used by a particular artist, but may be the artists whole name. They are usually made by holding a die on the silver and hitting it with a hammer to leave the mark. However the artist's whole name and the name of the tribe are sometimes written with an "electric pencil". As we shall see Native American hallmarks have had an interesting development.Native Americans often place more importance on the community than the extreme independence of many Europeons and non-natives is the United States. This, along with Native Americans placing great importance on the power of names, led to some Native Americans resisting the leaving of hallmarks.
The development of Native American jewelry hallmarks has been an interesting one. The future of the area promises to continue drawing fascination.