Sterling silver and real Turquoise.
Post dangle earrings measure approximately 1-1/2" long and 3/8" at widest point.
This pair of beautiful bear claw earrings is a Navajo classic! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted by artist Annie Spencer, out of genuine sterling silver and real Turquoise stones. This pair of earrings has a total of TWO stones (ONE in each earring) that are gently set in hand cut shadow box bezel settings, while placed in beautiful bear paw designs. A total of TWO shining silver feathers can be seen dangling from each earring for a perfect finish! In Native American beliefs, the bear paw is usually considered a way to call for the power of the animal spirit, or as an indication of the presence of the spirit. It is a symbol that represents inner strength. Feathers are symbols of prayers, marks of honor or sources of ideas. They represent the Creative Force. The earrings are stamped .925 (sterling) and hallmarked.
Turquoise is the birthstone of December. It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of its appeal and beauty.