Sterling Silver Jewelry Culture

Sterling silver marked a major milestone in Native American jewelry when it was introduced in the 19th century. Atsidi Sani is believed to be the first Navajo blacksmith and reportedly learned the art of silver working from a Mexican smith.

Since then, silver has become a crucial component of Southwestern Native American sterling silver jewelry. In the early days, it is believed smiths melted down coins and flatware to make sterling silver jewelry.

Sterling silver jewelry is both durable and long lasting. While pure silver is considered too soft and easy to scratch, sterling silver is a blend of roughly 92.5 percent pure silver. The blended materials work to strengthen the jewelry and contribute to its luxurious and long-lasting finish.

When American and European traders began trading silver sheets and wire, the art became more widespread throughout the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and Pueblo tribes, who began making their own styles of sterling silver jewelry.

Today, sterling silver jewelry is synonymous with Southwest tribes and it is as beautiful as ever. Our selection includes stunning examples of American Indian silver in many styles that will suit any budget or occasion. One of the most revered examples of sterling silver jewelry is the squash blossom necklace, which is recognized by the "naja" pendant that hangs from the center.

That is merely one example of the sterling silver jewelry made with impeccable beadwork and stone setting techniques. Early silversmiths didn't have access to the same tools as Europeans and used what was available to construct and stamp items such as sterling silver belt buckles and sterling silver bolos.

The Navajo tribe still produces some of the highest quality sterling silver pendants available. These pendants can be strung on your favorite chain to turn any necklace in your collection into a head-turning piece of art.

Over time, Southwest tribes mastered the art of working with silver and today, the tradition continues with artists remaining true to tradition while exploring new ideas.

At SilverTribe, we select sterling silver jewelry from artists and suppliers all over the Southwest and beyond to ensure we always have the best selection at the best price. Our sterling silver bracelets can be found in simple but elegant styles or adorned with magnificent stones and shells.

We also have a growing selection of sterling silver rings featuring dazzling stone inlays, such as our Pueblo village designs, which are among the most popular examples of sterling silver jewelry. These feature incredible detail and artistry right on the face of the ring.

Don't forget to take a look at our inventory of sterling silver watches. Our collection is always reliable and beautifully crafted. It's the perfect blend of modern mechanics and traditional style.

Browse through our always-growing selection of sterling silver jewelry to find an item that speaks to you.

Sterling Silver jewelry products that we offer to our customers can be found here:

At SilverTribe, our customers can rest assured they will be inspired by a huge selection of our jewelry at fantastic prices. We always have something on sale and cater to shopper of all budgets.

We always have something on sale and cater to shoppers of all budgets. At SilverTribe, our customers can rest assured they'll be inspired by a huge selection of jewelry at fantastic prices.