First the jewelry, then the totem description. This powerful necklace was created around the handcrafted Nepalese pendant depicting a bear and the woman with whom it is associated (you?). It was meticulously carved by a skilled artisan in the vicinity of Kathmandu. As far as the beads in the necklace are concerned, a friend said it best when she commented, "They look as though they were made for the pendant!" I used a variety of both brass and picture Jasper beads to create the perfect frame for the pendant. The necklace is 22 inches around and fastens with a pretty brass hook clasp.
Note: The sources I use for carved bone pendants (primarily Bali and Nepal) generally use ox bone (and occasionally cow bone) in their work. They even go so far as to assure their customers that the bones come from animals whose working life has come to a natural end.
Now to the totem. Each of us has at least one animal totem in our lifetime, and the characteristics of the animal are either to teach us something or to reflect an aspect of our lives that associate us with a particular animal (usually the former).
A wonderfully intuitive man named Ted Andrews wrote a book called "Animal-Speak," in which he describes the essential traits of various animals, birds, and even insects. In it, he writes that the bear relates to all initial stages and primal instincts. For many, the bear and the wolf are the last true symbols of the primal, natural world.
Contrary to popular belief, bears do not truly hibernate, but they do go into a semi-sleep state during which they live to a great degree on their stored-up fat. This reflects the bear's ability to teach those with it as a totem how to go within to find the resources necessary for survival. Meditating and working with bear will help you to go within to find your answers.
For more information, I commend Ted's book to you.
For more animal totem jewelry, please be patient. I have some more wonderful pendants that I can hardly wait to turn into special jewelry just for you.