Navajo jeweler, Annie Spencer, made these lovely sterling silver bear paw earrings with two feathers dangling from the bottom. The bright blue turquoise stone sits in a shadowbox, and the paws are sawn out of the silver. They dangle from sterling silver wires. More about bears and feathers below.
Size: 2.125" L x .375" 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.
Feathers: The eagle flies the highest and sees the furthest of all birds. In some tribes it is the guardian of the sky world. Eagle feathers are held sacred because the eagle takes our prayers to the creator. Native American people receive eagle feathers to honor them for their accomplishments, acts of courage or bravery.