About This Item
Beautiful jewelry, like these Four Pearl Leather 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.
The number four is sacred to the Cherokee people. It represents numerous fundamental elements of Cherokee life including the four directions, four seasons and four phases of the moon. These earrings are created using leather cording, looped into a teardrop shape, and strung with four, white freshwater pearls. The teardrop shape pays homage to the Trail of Tears. Copper ear wires.
- Dimensions: 1 1/2 inches long x 1 inch wide.
- Material: Copper, Freshwater pearl, leather