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                  Hopi Jewelry

                  Hopi jewelry styles use a wide variety of designs
                  mostly with religious and tribal symbols, including
                  those concerning beliefs about animals, nature, and
                  their clans.

                  Hopi Indian jewelry is traditionally represented in
                  boxes, buckles, and bracelets of silver cutouts
                  overlaid on a dark background.

                  The Hopi jewelry patterns are taken from
                  traditional pottery and basketwork designs.
                  These are then sawed out of a sheet of silver,
                  and sweat-soldered onto a solid sheet.

                  After shaping, the design is blackened by
                  oxidization to make it contrast with the polished
                  silver.
                    It has an unusual modern effect, and actually
                    has more versatile uses with today's clothes
                    than the Navajo or Zuni Indian silver jewelry.

                    As part of an effort to differentiate Hopi
                    jewelry styles from the Navajo and Zuni,
                    curator's from the Museum of Northern
                    Arizona encourage early silversmith's to try new techniques. World War II delayed their efforts.

                    By 1946, veterans from World War II enrolled in silver smithing classes sponsored by the
                    government which provided them with not only training, but also the tools to work silver effectively.

                    These early students included Victor Coochwytewa, Paul Saufkie and Fred Kabotie
                    who are credited with developing the renowned overlay technique used by the
                    Hopi today. Copyright 2012

                    Below are examples of today's Hopi overlay jewelry technique. Both are available on necklaces. Click the "Buy
                    Hopi Indian Jewelry" link above: