"Silver Sentiments" 1935 Buffalo Nickel and Sterling Bear Paw and Leaf Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: The famous antique buffalo nickel sits with sterling silver bear claw and feather components in this gorgeous and powerful design. The gun-metal plated rounded box chain measures 24''.
Components Found in: Calais VT & Cottonwood AZ
~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.
Sculptor James Earle Fraser was commissioned to beautify the US nickel. The result was a stunning depiction of an American bison, a symbol of strength, courage, prosperity, challenge, and survival. The obverse side depicts the profile of a South Western indigenous American chief. It is believed that three different indigenous American males sat for Fraser while creating his designs. This nickel, which has been the only coin to be famous for its reverse side, was in production from 1913 to 1938.
I have vivid recollections of the fiery orange ambers and gradient reds blanketing the mountain terrain around my Vermont home. They were sure to inspire my seasonally wild imaginings as I watched the foliage dance with one another in the wind. When my eyes had had their fill, I'd close them tightly to shut out the pulsing array of mountain fire... that way I could focus on the unique rustling the leaves made as they clung to their last few moments of connection to their parent tree. These fragile creations of nature represent unconditional giving and unassuming strength through the cycle’s seasonal rebirth. Luck is also an appropriate association because to be a leaf is to be lucky enough to know purpose without question. It is also said that if you catch a leaf on its fall from tree to ground, you will have good luck.
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.