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Bear Moon Spirals Necklace, Bronze Totem Turquoise Handmade Jewelry

Item Description

A one of a kind jewelry gift for the woman who loves a Southwest flair, the MOON BEAR necklace is a beauty that is filled with much symbolism.  The handmade necklace features an artisan bronze totem bear pendant, genuine turquoise slice nuggets and copper.  Inspired by Native American Navajo totem designs, the unique bear pendant was created from solid bronze.  In the body of the bear is found a waxing crescent moon, stars and multiple spirals, all raised against the background for wonderful texture.  The back of the bear is shiny and smooth.  Unfortunately, the photos don’t do justice to the rich gleam of the bronze since the metal is very reflective.  Rest assured, the gleam is there in real life.  Two heavy duty copper jump rings attach the bear pendant securely to the main body of the necklace.
To perfectly complement the moon bear pendant and to continue with the Southwest feel, real  turquoise slice nuggets were used.  The color of the stabilized turquoise is mostly a wondrous greenish blue with natural brown and dark veining in many of the slices.  The slices are flat on two sides so fit snugly together.  Throughout the body of the necklace, the turquoise was placed in alternating groups of eleven slices and five slices.  Between each group a single 3 mm copper bead was used to provide beautiful drape when the necklace is worn.  A sleek solid copper hook clasp set finishes the necklace beautifully.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the unique MOON BEAR necklace was created for the woman who loves wearing one of a kind, artisan jewelry with Southwest style.

  • Bronze moon bear totem pendant:  app. 40 mm x 32 mm (1.6” x 1.3”); artisan handmade by Leslie Scott     
  • Genuine turquoise slice nuggets:  on average, app. 10mm x 2 mm (0.4” x 0.1”) - some a bit larger and some a bit smaller
  • Metal:  bronze and copper
  • Clasp:  sleek solid copper toggle clasp
  • Length:  app. 17.5” / 44.5 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 1.5” / 3.8 cm, including the copper jump ring bails

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the totem bear pendant and the turquoise used to create the one of a kind MOON BEAR necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Bears are sacred to many Native Americans and were seen as guardians of the world; they symbolize courage, will power and great strength.  A crescent moon represents growth and creativity.  Stars are often associated with positive messages and good luck.  Spirals represent the universal pattern of growth and evolution, of eternity and continuity.  Bronze, an alloy metal, is said to bring great calmness and deep meaningful thoughts, leading to a far greater insight into life’s problems.  Turquoise, a gemstone sacred to the Navajo, Zuni and other Native Americans, is a stone of wholeness, promoting a sense of unity with all that surrounds us; it is believed to bring peace of mind, a soothing energy and healing of the spirit. Copper is believed to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development.  

The MOON BEAR artisan necklace was carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio.  The necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!   
***  The jewelry in my shop is photographed outside in natural light.  Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.


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