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Hallmarks identify the jewelry maker. Many times they are just simple letter stamps. They are not something new, but can be traced back to the 4th Century. Famous American metal smiths used them before we became a country. Paul Revere who warned the Colonial militia “the British are coming” during the American Revolution used a hallmark on his handmade silver pieces in the 1700s.>

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Native American Hallmarks

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:23 AM

Native American Hallmarks

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What is a Hallmark?

Hallmarks identify the jewelry maker. Many times they are just simple letter stamps. They are not something new, but can be traced back to the 4th Century. Famous American metal smiths used them before we became a country. Paul Revere who warned the Colonial militia “the British are coming” during the American Revolution used a hallmark on his handmade silver pieces in the 1700s.

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Rooster Zuni Fetish Meaning

Monday, February 22, 2016 8:57 AM

What is the Rooster Zuni Fetish Meaning? Anyone with a basic knowledge of chickens knowns that the rooster is always the first animal awake in the morning. The "early bird gets the worm," and the Zuni fetish of a rooster represents that tendency to rise early and to settle for nothing less than the very best of things. He is also considered vain and likes to be given attention and lavished with gifts.

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Squirrel Zuni Fetish Meaning

Monday, February 22, 2016 8:53 AM

What is the Squirrel Zuni Fetish Meaning? Squirrels are known for planning for the future and storing away things for a day when there is need for them. Fetishes play an important role in Zuni culture, and if you have a squirrel in your collection you may wonder what it represents. The squirrel embodies natural intelligence, saving, and the protection of reserves. He represents the ability to plan ahead and is very industrious.

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Armadillo Zuni Fetish Meaning

Monday, February 22, 2016 8:31 AM

In the Zuni culture fetishes play an important role. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. If your collection includes an armadillo you may wonder what it represents. What is the Armadillo Zuni Fetish Meaning? The armadillo is slow and sure. Because he is reserved, he takes his time and does things right. He is keeper of the home and represents variety in a person's inner life. The armadillo’s leathery armor-like hide helps to protect them from predators. This thick skin represents his ability to offer protection from hurts and offenses.

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Spider Zuni Fetish Meaning

Monday, February 22, 2016 8:28 AM

What is the Spider Zuni Fetish Meaning? Fetishes play an important role in Zuni culture. Whether you are a collector of fetishes, or wanting to simply understand the culture better, you may wonder what certain fetishes mean. In this case, let's discuss the Spider. Generally the Spider represents creativity and is considered the weaver of the fabric of life. It is not a traditional Zuni fetish but may have gained popularity through trade with other tribes and the demands of collectors.

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