This ear cuff is designed to fit all ear shapes. The posts are located behind the panther heads and secure the panthers to the ears while the wire can be shaped to fit behind and hook over the top of the ear to support the rest of the piece. The briolette chalcedony stone hangs down from the ear. The organic pattern below the panthers symbolizes the waterways of the Mississippi river, and tube-set black diamonds glint like the surface of the river under the moonlight. Black rhodium detailing highlights the design. The hand carved panthers also feature a spiral design which is a unique element of traditional Chickasaw pottery.
Lethally beautiful and mysterious, the panther is an important clan animal in Chickasaw Culture. Koishto ‘ iksa’ is Panther Clan in the Chickasaw language. Koishto iksa is a leadership family group and is part of the Chickasaw social clan system. They were frequently depicted in shell and stone carvings as the underwater panther, a powerful being who’s domain was the under world accessed through lakes and river-ways. For me this top predator represents the power and beauty of the Chickasaw homelands in the southeast. Today the southeastern panthers are listed as endangered due to loss of habitat.They are a reminder to us that we must actively preserve these valuable ecosystems for future generations.
These ear cuffs are cast in sterling silver with black rhodium detailing, black diamonds and chalcedony stones.
Hang (from post to bottom of stone) 1.9", Panther 1.7"