Native American Necklaces

Beaded Wedding Basket Necklace

$425.00

Beaded Wedding Basket Necklace is viewed as a map through which the Navajo chart their lives. Created with pearl & glass beads it is a spiritual piece.

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Beaded Wedding Basket Necklace

Beaded Wedding Basket Necklace

This beautiful handbeaded necklace was created with pearl and glass beads by an unknown Navajo artist. Each basket medallion is 2 inches in diameter. The center medallion has a beaded fringe that drops2.25 inches.

The Navajo Ceremonial Basket, also called Navajo Wedding Basket, is viewed as a map through which the Navajo chart their lives. The central spot in the basket represents the sipapu, the hole which represents the navel of the earth through which the People emerged into this world of light. The inner coils of the basket are white to represent birth. As you travel outward on the coils you begin to encounter more and more black. The black represents darkness, struggle and pain. As you make your way through the darkness you eventually reach the red bands, which represent marriage; the mixing of your blood with your spouse and the creation of family. The red is pure. During this time there is no darkness. Traveling outside familial bands you encounter more darkness; however, the darkness is interspersed with white light. The light represents increasing enlightenment, which expands until you enter the all white banding of the outer rim. This banding represents the spirit world, where there is no darkness. The line from the center of the basket to the outer rim is there to remind you that no matter how much darkness you encounter in your world, there is always a pathway to the light. During ceremonies the pathway in the basket is always pointed east. The last coil on the basket rim is finished off at this pathway to allow the medicine man to easily locate it in darkness. This is a spectacular piece, and quite long. Sure to be a keepsake as well as being a favorite to wear.

Dimensions:

30 in. long + 4.5 in. drop for center medallion

We only offer hand crafted Native American created authentic jewelry.

They are handmade by various artists from several different tribes. Crafted from sterling silver and accented with gorgeous, natural materials, our vast collection offers unique pieces of wearable art.

Jewelry plays a large role in Native American culture. It tells stories, holds history, and represents spiritual beliefs and cultures of every tribe across America.

Beginning as early as 12,000 years ago, jewelry-making was unique to the respective geographic area of each tribe, featuring natural materials that could only be found in surrounding environments. This allowed tribes to offer slight variations in designs since the supplies necessary to craft these delicate accessories were major trade items. Jewelry-making has evolved in technique and materials used over the years, but still is a primary focus of Native American culture today.

We source jewelry from the Algonquin, Apache, Hopi, Lakota, Navajo, Santo Domingo, and Zuni people.

Read more about the history and origins of Native American Jewelry.

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Other categories that may be of interest: Native American Necklaces & Bolos can be found at Native American Jewelry 

We also offer authentic Hopi and Navajo Katsinas, Kachinas, Zuni Fetish, Drums & Flutes.

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