IHMSS IHMS HMIJ UITA Hand Made by Indians and more


Any idea about this mark?

Thanks, Jeff.

Hi Jeff,

There are a number of general marks that were used to denote that items were made by Native American Indians, usually Navajo. These include

IHMSS which stands for Indian Hand Made Sterling Silver

IHMS which stands for Indian Hand Made Silver (so would refer to items made with coin silver or other silver of a lesser silver content than sterling silver)

HAND MADE BY INDIANS which often refers to items that were made at a shop or collective where a number of NA artists worked, some doing silversmithing, some preparing stones, some setting stones etc.

I’ve also seen HMIJ which stands for Hand Made Indian Jewelry

and UITA which stand for United Indian Traders Association.

All of these designations were intended to identify the items as Native American made. Although they often appear alone, I’ve also seen most of these stamps along with an artist’s name or hallmark to designate the particular artist who made the piece.

I hope this helps but the bottom line is that you have a very handsome ring !


6 thoughts on “IHMSS IHMS HMIJ UITA Hand Made by Indians and more

  1. Paula,

    While looking at the ring you displayed above, I had a few questions come to mind that maybe others would be interested in as well.

    1. I notice that the ring has the old “solid” bezel around the stone which to me, indicates that it is a much older piece. About how long ago did the artist quit using the solid bezel and start using the varigated or the /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ type?

    2. Could the use of the “solid ” bezel be used as a guide when buying a piece of jewelry to help “date” it?

    3. The same goes for “Sand Casted” pieces, although “Sand Casting” has not been done for quite some time now to my knowledge. So if I locate a piece of good Sand Cast jewelry, I feel pretty sure that it is a really old and desirable piece.

    You may have discussed these topics before and if so I am sorry I missed them.



  2. I also have a few pieces of HDMI jewelery. I bought this about 40 years ago in Seattle. I remember my mom and me driving outside seattle and going to a village. The maker’s mark is D.A. Does anyone know this artist?? I am trying to see the value of these pieces?

  3. i’m curious to know more about the “IHMSS” Stamp – i bought a ring with this on the back. i was told it was mostly used in the 1980s, but why would they use this instead of using their hallmark? was this because it contained mass produced elements?

    thanks Paula

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