By the light of the full moon, a single bear paw print tells you that you’re not walking alone. The bear is a powerful symbol of strength and healing. This Great Spirit charm is a reminder that the soul of strength and self knowledge is with you always.
The stories of Indigenous tribes describe a people who revered the bear as much for it’s ability to nurture and protect as for it’s strength and independence. They believed the Great Spirit would appear in the form of a bear and carried with it the ability to heal wounds of body and spirit.
This Great Spirit charm is hand worked sterling silver. The front is polished to a shine, but the back reveals the hammer strikes that shaped the metal into a low dome. The surface is polished to a lower shine and there are oxidized low lights in the recessed paw print design. The overall style is associated with Hopi artisans, but I’ve seen the same style adopted by Navajo silversmiths from time to time. Without an artist’s hallmark, we can’t be sure of the source of this piece.
This medallion charm measures approximately 1 inch long and weighs 7 grams. This piece is marked to confirm .925 silver content. It was polished by hand; No corrosive solvents or dips are used.
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Please take your time with the photos and consider them part of the description. Charms are properly installed when the jump ring is soldered closed. Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to check out the many treasured Indigenous motifs available in my shop! If you’re more comfortable making your purchase on a platform like Etsy, this symbol of the bear is listed in my shop there as well.
1 inch, 7 grams