This handcrafted sterling silver shadowbox bear claw pendant is a must for collectors of Native American jewelry. The bear claw represents strength for many Native Americans and has become a widely recognized and enduring symbol of the Southwest. The bear is believed to possess the power to heal the sick and ailing by his presence or his touch. This sterling silver pendant is accented by a single Sleeping Beauty turquoise for added luck and blessings.
- Pendant handcrafted by Native American artists of the Southwest
- Sleeping Beauty turquoise, Sterling Silver
- Pendant measures 1"" long x 1/2” wide
- Pendant bail accommodates chains, beads and cords that are less than 1/8”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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This sterling silver shadowbox bear claw pendant was handcrafted in sterling silver by skilled Native American artists. Known around the world for their brilliance as silversmiths, Native American artists of the Southwest make jewelry that is collected and admired for its superior craftsmanship, technical sophistication, detail and beauty. Navajo and Zuni artists were the first to learn the art and develop their own distinctive silver jewelry styles, but today talented artists are working in an impressive range of styles in every Pueblo and tribe of the Southwest.
Appliqué is traditional Native American jewelry style in which a design is cut out of silver and soldered to a base of silver. It was one of the first distinctly Hopi styles that developed in the decades before World War II and was a precursor to the overlay style that is considered to be the Hopi’s signature type of silverwork. Both the appliqué and overlay techniques create highly dimensional and detailed jewelry that represents the remarkable craftsmanship of Hopi silversmiths.
Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880. By the turn of the century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest, and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concho belts and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, silver jewelry is an iconic image of the Southwest.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.