About This Item
Beautiful jewelry, like these Dogwood Flower Earrings, has always been a part of life for the tribal people of the Southeastern United States. Copper traded from the Great Lakes region beginning about 3000 years ago and freshwater pearls from the bountiful rivers of the southeastern United States were fashioned into earrings, necklaces, and ceremonial objects. These were combined with elements of leather, gold clay, carved stone, rock crystal and incised pink mussel shell to create adornments that continue to be worn into modern times.
These earrings evoke Spring when the dogwood blooms, signaling the end of winter. To the Cherokees, in ancient times and modern, the blooming of the dogwood also signals the coming of wild onions, a traditional delicacy welcomed after a long winter. These earrings are created using copper four-petaled flowers that have have been hand-stamped with a cross signifying the four directions. A single, large, white freshwater coin pearl is added to provide movement and contrast. Copper ear wires.
- Dimensions: Copper flower 1 1/4 inches long x 1 1/4 inch wide. Total earring with pearl: 1 1/4 inches wide x 2 inches long
- Material: Solid copper, Freshwater pearl