Navajo Turtle Earrings

Navajo Turtle Earrings


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Navajo jeweler, Lucille Platero, made these sterling silver turtle dangle earrings.  She set a bright blue turquoise in the center, with delicate stamp work around the shell.  They dangle from sterling silver wires.

Size: 1.5" H x .5" W

Turtles have their own homes on their backs which means that wherever they are, they are home.  They are associated with safety.  When attacked they retreat into their shells, although some turtles have strong enough mouths to snap a finger.  For most Native American nations in North America, turtles represent Mother Earth.  Every turtle shell has 13 sections on top which some Native Americans say represent the 13 moons of each year.