This is a standard reference for American Indian jewelry, a source for factual information, neatly organized and lavishly illustrated in full color. This is the first of the two volumes - A to L. American Indian Jewelry II: M to Z will be available in the later date. Each profile identifies the artist by tribe, clan, active years, styles, lifespan, residences, education, teachers, students, awards, exhibitions, demonstrations, collections, photographs, and publications. Many profiles feature original quotations from the artists, as well as comments from scholars, collectors and veterans in the field. Personal portrait pictures and close-ups of their jewelry help to bring their biographies to life. This volume also provides two new features: 1. The Hallmark Directory - offers high resolution, digital close-ups. Many Native American jewelers stamp their work with personal, pictographic symbols or initials. This feature helps identify jewelers. 2. The Natural Turquoise Directory - helps one identify turquoise in Native American jewelry. This is important because the best gem quality, high grade natural turquoise is still valuable. Keys to identification help identify over 25 by specific mines, chosen in a worldwide vote by veteran turquoise collectors.