STERLING SILVER OVERLAY BEAR PAW EARRINGS ON FRENCH HOOPS. HANDCRAFTED BY HOPI SILVERSMITH. APPROXIMATELY 38 mm long. 12 mm wide.
Sterling Silver Overlay Hopi Jewelry
The sterling silver overlay characteristic of Hopi jewelry requires two pieces of silver. Designs are cut into one piece, which is overlaid and soldered to another solid piece. This gives Hopi Indian jewelry depth, which is sometimes accentuated by the use of an oxidized or textured silver base. The brushed or polished overlay stands in brighter contrast to the darker background.
Hopi Indian jewelry relies heavily upon traditional symbols and designs, including:
- Bear claws
- Man in the maze