14kt Bear Paw Earrings by Michael Horse
14kt Bear Paw Earrings by Michael Horse

14kt Bear Paw Earrings by Michael Horse

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This pair of 14kt pair of bear paw earrings by Michael Horse have dark teal turquoise from the Bisbee mine in Arizona.  These are tufa cast earrings, which is one of the oldest forms on Native American jewelry making.  More information about tufa cast jewelry below.

Size: Bear paw earrings are .75" H x .75" W, 14kt ear wires are .75" L

Michael Horse is an award-winning Yaqui jeweler who uses high quality stones in his work including natural high grade turquoise, coral, lapis and more.  He is most well known for the intricate katsinas he fabricates in his studio, and he is a master tufa carver.  He is also an award-winning ledger painter and actor with many roles in television and film  Many people recognize from his role as Deputy Hawk in the ground breaking Twin Peaks television series.

Tufa Jewelry: Tufa is a volcanic stone which can be as dense as chalk which has an organic texture. The first thing a jeweler does is examine a piece of tufa for any tiny fractures.  If it looks good, the tufa is cut in half and, if there is a design, it is carved into the tufa.   There is a pour hole carved into the top and several narrow vents carved into each side.  The two pieces are then bound together tightly and molten silver or gold is poured through the hole at the top.  If there are any microscopic cracks, the tufa explodes when the metal is poured in and the process has to begin again.