Navajo Bear Paw Earrings - Post

Navajo Bear Paw Earrings - Post

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Navajo jeweler, Leta Parker, made these shiny sterling silver post earrings.  Available stones include red coral, lapis, denim lapis, and lavender. The inner shadowbox has been oxidized to give it a black appearance which makes the bear claws stand out.  Turquoise is set in the center of the paw. More about bears below.

Size: .675" H x .5" W

Bears are the guardians of the western gate in Zuni Pueblo.  They are associated with healing at all levels, protection, and a reminder to restore oneself during the winter months.  In some traditions a part of the bear is rubbed all over infants to imbue them with power, strength, and good health.