Sterling silver and real Malachite.
Post earrings measure approximately 1/2" long and 3/8" at widest point.
Excellent craftsmanship is shown throughout this amazing pair of earrings! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted by artist Janice Spencer, out of genuine sterling silver and real Malachite 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 marvelous bear paw designs. Hand cut bear paw patterns add style and complete the earrings beautifully. 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.
Malachite is famous for its radial banding and deep green color. Popular today for use in Southwestern style jewelry, malachite was also popular in the past with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was worn as a good luck charm to keep away danger and illness. It is believed to balance and stabilize ones emotions.