I was interested in purchasing a fetish necklace made by Corrine Ramirez and wanted to know if this was signed by her, or had any kind of certificate by the artist? Thank you!
Fetish Necklace by Corrine Ramirez, Navajo
I don’t know of any fetish necklace makers that sign their necklaces – they do so by “style” – that is, the pieces are recognizably by a certain artist.
We purchase directly from Corrine. That’s the best certification.
As far as a Certificate of Authenticity (COA), the only legal certificate is one signed by the artist. In other words, if a store owner gives you one that says “This is authentic Native American made by so-and-so” it is not valid. It is worthless.
With that said, only about 1% of the artists that we deal with issue signed certificates for each piece. We indicate on the item page if there is a COA.
Only one Navajo artist gives us certificates with her pieces. And we represent the work of hundreds of artists from many tribes.
However, aside from fetish necklaces, the majority of Native American pieces today are signed with some sort of hallmark.
So I’ve made a short answer long, just to give you more background.
Hope this helps.
It does Paula. Thank you for getting back with me. I wasn’t sure if a necklace could actually be signed, but thought I’d check.
I want to be certain before I make such a big purchase. Thanks again! Melissa