Navajo made natural Lion's Paw shell necklace, created by Everett & Mary Teller. What is Lions Paw? Lion's Paw are large scallop shells that come in a variety of colors but primarily orange on one side and purple on the other. You can see the shades of orange and purple in this necklace, like the colors in a New Mexico sunset! Lions Paw was used primarily by the Northeastern native peoples, like the Choctaw and the Cherokee tribes, in jewelry and also as currency. There is evidence it was even used in ancient times by the Mounds people. It is also sometimes referred to as Tiger Paw.
In this necklace, the Lion's Paw shells are separated from each other by tiny purple spiny oyster beads and olive shell heishi beads. There is one coral heishi bead on the necklace near one end, signifying a blessing of luck and life.
The necklace is 22 inches long and finished off at both ends with sterling silver beads and two hooks so a chain extender could be worn if desired.
Brand new and in excellent condition! Gift box and Authenticity Card included. Purchased directly from the artists. You can't ask for a better guarantee of authenticity than that.
About Everett & Mary Teller: Everett & Mary Teller are a Navajo couple from Lukachukia, Arizona who have been making jewelry since 1988. They carefully design their pieces and select the stones using a wide variety of natural stones. They show their work in galleries as well as prestigious art shows such as The Heard Museum and Santa Fe Indian Markets. The workmanship is impeccable - you can always depend upon quality when you purchase a piece of Everett & Mary Teller jewelry.