This charming necklace came out of an estate where all the Indian Jewelry looked like it was from the 40's or 50's and this piece is no exception.
The artist used Hematite which is known for its strength, being a type of iron ore, sometimes with veins, which this one has gold veins. And carved the bear also representing strength. This is a very hard stone and the artist chip out tiny arrows, ground turquoise and filled the arrows polishing them down to a smooth surface. The arrow is on both sides and even across the mouth. The enlarged pictures ( pictures show the large bear 5 1/2" where it is actually just under 2) shows slight wobbles in the arrows which is very heard to see with the eye, but does attest to the hand carving.
The piece has been strung on thread which was typical for that era and finished with a primitive sterling hook and eye.
I will be glad to restring this piece for you at no extra charge, however many collectors want it in its original state so I decided not to do it unless requested by the buyer.
Large Bear: 1 3/4" long by 1" high
Small Bears: 3/4" by 1/2" and differ slightly
Strung on pen shell with sterling cones and clasp.
26 1/2" long.