Although many stones are used in Native American Indian jewelry, one of the most used and recognized is turquoise. The gem, which is “a hydrous phosphate of aluminum, containing copper, iron and other minerals,” ranges in color from bright green to blue-tinted, the array of which can be found in mines dotting the American Southwest. Read More
Palms Trading Company has grown and thrived in Old Town Albuquerque for over 80 years thanks to our wonderful customers. But the success of our business is just a tiny fraction of all we’re thankful for. We have taken the time to reflect on what has brought us the most joy, and we want to share it with you! Read More
As one of the premier traders of Native American Indian art, Palms Trading Company has a selection of authentic sandpaintings (almost exclusively done by Navajo artists). These pieces are beautiful—the intricate designs and details made of colored sand are astounding, and the subject of the pictures hints at the importance of and connection to Nature and spiritual traditions. Read More
November 11th has long been the day set aside to recognize the contributions military veterans have made to the security and grandeur of our country. Unfortunately, because of cultural differences and military classification, some veterans have not received the recognition and honor they deserve. Read More
November is Native American Heritage Month. As one of the Southwest’s premier traders of Native American Indian art, we think it’s important to look at why we should and how we can honor and preserve the cultures and traditions of our country’s Native peoples. Read More
Halloween has its roots in Celtic culture, where November 1 marked the New Year. On the day before the New Year, October 31, ancient Celts believed that portals opened enabling the dead to take humans to the spirit world. Over time, Romans and Christians influenced the holiday and masks were worn as a protection—a way to disguise a person so they wouldn’t be taken to the spirit world—effectively blurring the line between humans and spirits. Read More
The oral tradition is the time-honored way Native American cultures pass traditional values and beliefs from one generation to the next. The first storyteller figurine was created in 1963 by Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo. Representing her grandfather’s way of telling stories by gathering everyone around him, Cordero was able to recreate a clay effigy to reflect his approach to storytelling. From there, the first storyteller figurine was born. Read More
Caring for sterling silver jewelry is essential in making sure it looks great and maintains value. Since many Native American jewelry pieces contain stones, great care must be taken to ensure the silver is cleaned without changing the color of the stone or otherwise damaging it with chemicals. Read More
October is Fair Trade Month. Fair trade recognizes the hard work and craftsmanship of farmers, artisans and workers by ensuring they are justly compensated for their products. Developing fair trade standards takes a substantial investment of time and money to make sure they benefit producers. As such, fair trade organizations, like the FLO, have focused on developing standards for industries that have the largest impact on small producers worldwide, like agriculture and some manufactured products.
Why Isn’t Palms Trading Company Certified by the Fair Trade Organization?
How does Palms Trading Company Ensure Fair Trade?
Palms Trading Company takes great care to honor the spirit of fair trade. We do this in a number of ways:
Indian Arts & Crafts Association Member
The Indian Arts & Crafts Association (IACA) is an International organization that was developed to protect Native American arts and crafts from imitators. As a member of this organization, we ensure that we only sell authentic Native American art, unless it is otherwise labeled or specified. This protects the artists we work with and the collectors we sell to.
Paying a fair price to Native American artists is essential to maintaining a sustainable market that keeps their traditions alive. Since there is no database available to check similar pieces, pricing Native American art demands evaluating several components, including things like:
- Reputation of the Artist
Evaluating all of these components and determining the quality of a piece is something you learn through observation over time.
To us, selling and appreciating Native American art is more than just finding great pieces to share with collectors—it’s also creating relationships with the artists and learning the stories behind their work. We honor the artists we work with and the traditions they preserve by striving to create personal relationships with them.
When you choose Palms Trading Company for your Native American jewelry, pottery and art, you can be confident that you are getting an authentic piece and helping to sustain Native American art traditions. You can also be confident that you are getting a fair price for your purchase. Since we buy directly from the artists, there’s no middleman distributor—and that allows us to pass on the savings to you.