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“A Shield For Mother Earth” Pin. $1,225.

Grandmother Turtle saved the First People by creating for them a world on her back. Now, it is our turn to protect her with a shield for Mother Earth. Wings summons both into being in the form of a pin — big, bold, earthy, and strong. The turtle is cut, freehand, out of a single piece of sterling silver, with articulated toes and a curving tail. She wears her own spiritual armor by way of her scales and plates, the former formed from a repeating pattern of hand-stamped feather symbols around her neck, legs, and the base of her tail; the latter are created using a motif that symbolizes, simultaneously, the warrior’s arrowhead and the defending shelter of the lodge, all pointing upward and inward toward the center of her back. Atop her shell she wears a shield, a teardrop-shaped overlay of sterling silver adorned with overlapping crescents at the sides and a single butterfly, that emissary of the spirits, at the top. In the center, resting gently in a scalloped bezel, is her shield’s hard protective center, a bit of earth and sky and water combined in a stunning high-domed, freeform oval cabochon of high-grade blue ribbon turquoise, the blue bisecting the warm neutrals of the host rock like a near-opalescent river of rain. The pin stands 2-3/4″ long by 2″ across at the widest point; the cabochon is 15/16″ long by 5/8″ across at the widest point (dimensions approximate).

Sterling silver; high-grade blue ribbon turquoise
$1,225 + shipping, handling, and insurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

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