"Sterling Bear Paw and Turquoise Earrings" 1888 Design Found Treasure
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This 1888 Design is a:
Reimagined Components: Vintage sterling silver studded earrings with vibrant blue turquoise stones embedded in a bear paw design, paired with a dangling feather.
Location Found: Sedona AZ
~1888’s Found Treasures~
~Bear, Bear Claw ~
The bear represents an ability to act fiercely when necessary, but only if absolutely needed. They are ferocious protectors of their young and unpredictable when aggressive. Indigenous American tribes use the bear to represent the warrior's spirit.
For thousands of years, turquoise has been prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility, and immortality. In many Native American cultures, it represents the Great Spirit in the Sky and is often referred to as the Sky Stone. It’s believed that if a crack forms in the stone, it has taken an injury for its wearer.
Mother always said that if you find a feather it’s a symbol that you are on your true path, that you should pick it up and keep it for luck on your journey. Feathers have commonly represented everything from the center of the cosmos, to luck. Used in countless cultures around the globe for rituals, ceremonies, as a status symbol or even a plain ol' writing tool, the feather can also be a symbol of versatility. The Navajo Indians used hawk and eagle feathers to make their “Headdress of Feathers”. Only warriors who had displayed extraordinary bravery were allowed to wear it. In the stories created by our jewelry, 1888's feathers represent freedom & the need to soar towards passion. Oh, & a little good luck never hurts.
In keeping with 1888’s company mission to educate and preserve vintage & antique historical works, we occasionally decide that some things are better left as they are!
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.