Wonderful set of Zuni bear drop earrings, pendant and 15" chain in 14k gold. Bear measures 1-3/8" drop with bale and 1-1/4" wide. Bears on the closed drop earring are 3/4" with 3/4" drop for an overall length of 1-1/2". Stamped by the artist and marked 14k.
The Zuni Bear Heart-Line symbol derives from the Native American Zuni Tribe (Native to the Zuni River). The Bear symbolizes a protector, a leader, and a courageous one. On this piece, the heart-line begins at the mouth of the bear, where the breath gives life. It makes its way down the bear, through its soul and spirit where faith and inner strength reside. Telling a tale of how a warrior's heart is as strong as a bear's.