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How can you tell if Indian items are authentic?

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Most authentic pieces of Native American Indian jewelry include a hallmark, or signature, of the artist. A 1990 federal law mandates that only authentic tribes can label arts and crafts as Native American or Indian. Products labelled as Indian-style are not genuine Native American Indian pieces.

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The quality of the silver and turquoise distinguish genuine pieces from copies. Native American Indian artists typically craft jewelry using sterling silver. Silver-plated pieces contain a base metal, such as nickel, that responds to a magnet, whereas sterling silver does not.

Price is a factor in determining authenticity as each Native American Indian piece is one-of-a-kind. Discount or bargain pricing usually identifies commercially-produced items that are not authentic Native American Indian art.

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