Heartline Bear Earrings, Spiny Oyster Shell Turquoise Handmade Jewelry

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Depicted as a line in the shape of an arrow, a heartline is extremely symbolic for the Zuni and many other Native American people.  It represents the spiritual breath as the life force of an animal and is often portrayed on a bear due to their strength and fearlessness.  The one of a kind LIFE FORCE earrings were inspired by a heartline bear.  Created with eye-catching enameled bear charms, the meaningful earrings also feature white and gold Czech glass beads, orange spiny oyster shell, and genuine turquoise rounds.  The mirror image heartline bears were individually artisan made from a copper base that was enameled with glass powders in oranges, white, turquoise and black.  A black heartline arrow runs from the bear’s head to the back.  As an added adornment, an Italian murrine glass cane was used to create an orange and white petaled flower in the center of each bear.  The backside of the bear charms are finished with black enamel.  Since the bears were individually made, they are very similar but also are different, as you can see in the photos.
To perfectly complement the colors of the heartline bears, three different elements were stacked above each bear.  The first are premium faceted Czech glass roller beads created from translucent and opaque white glass.  The inner core of the sparkling beads are lined with a gold finish, allowing some of the gold to peek through the translucent glass.  Above each roller bead, separated by a copper disc spacer, sits a single hand cut orange spiny oyster shell rondelle.  As the name implies, the beads were formed from the shell of a species of oyster with fierce spines.  Spiny oyster shell has been used to adorn Native American jewelry for centuries.  A genuine turquoise round is found above the oyster shell, again separated by a copper disc spacer.  A gemstone that is sacred to many tribes, the turquoise beads are a rich blue color with a natural black matrix.  Sterling silver French hook earwires with copper bead accents fish the unique earrings.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the LIFE FORCE heartline bear earrings are a perfect jewelry gift for the woman who loves Native American symbolism and unique artisan designed earrings with a bear motif.

  • Enamel heartline bear charms:  app. 25 mm x 15 mm x 1.5 mm (1.0” x 0.6”); artisan handmade by Linda Younkman
  • White and gold Czech glass roller beads:  app. 8 mm x 5 mm (0.3” x 0.2”)
  • Spink oyster shell rondelle:  app. 7 mm x 6 mm (0.26” x 0.24”)
  • Genuine turquoise:  app. 5 mm (0.2”)
  • Metal:  copper and sterling silver
  • Earwires:  sterling silver French hooks with copper ebad accents
  • Length:  app. 2” / 5.1 cm measured from the top curve of the earwires

For a better understanding of the relative size of the LIFE FORCE heartline bear earrings, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a dime.

Bears are believed to be spiritual guides and represent strength and self-knowledge.  Even though man made,  glass carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication.  Spiny Oyster Shell is said to carry comfort and peace of mind; it is believed to increase the wearer’s knowledge, patience and understanding of the rhythms of Nature.  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 said to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development.  Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us. 


The one of a kind LIFE FORCE handmade earrings were carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio. They will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag with tissue, 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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