Indian Market. Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association


Buying and Recognizing Authentic Native Jewelry


The Council for Indigenous Arts and Culture is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization whose purpose is to foster, develop and contribute to the support and understanding of authentic Indian arts, crafts, customs, traditions and cultures.

A few tips:

  • Shops are fined for knowingly selling imported jewelry as handmade Indian jewelry or
  • Develop relationships with artists who will take the time to share their knowledge with you.
  • Ask the right questions about the pieces you are interested in purchasing. Where was the piece made? What is the metal content? What stones are in the piece?
  • Make sure you get a receipt for your purchase and ask for a certificate of authenticity if it is handmade.
  • Fake discounts are also prevalent in the Native American jewelry and art business and you must educate yourself to know the true value of the piece you are considering purchasing.
  • Be warry of buying synthetic turquoise, coral and other semi-precious stones that are sold as genuine.
  • Promoting the Native American craft of silversmithing and follows the laws outlined in the
  • Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990- The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, an agency located in the U.S. Department of the Interior, was created by Congress to promote the economic development of American Indians and Alaska Natives through the expansion of the Indian arts and crafts market. A top priority of the IACB is the implementation and enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, a truth-in-advertising law that provides criminal and civil penalties for marketing products as "Indian-made" when such products are not made by Indians, as defined by the Act.


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