Hatchet Fringe Earrings In Black Ruthenium and Labradorite
Two crossed hatchets symbolize the weapon of choice for Chickasaw women of the 1730s who effectively defended their families and homes from European invaders. The earrings were created using the ancient chasing and repoussé technique in order to celebrate the strength and intelligence of our Chickasaw ancestors. The shape of the earrings bring confidence while reminding you to meet every challenge fearlessly and boldly. Today we wield knowledge instead of hatchets, however, we are no less fierce than our grandmothers, and will pass on this gift of strength to our granddaughters.
These earrings are cast in sterling silver and adorned with a shimmering labradorite fringe. The labradorite beads shimmer iridescent blues and greens in the sunlight while the sculptural metal work is dipped in a dramatic black ruthenium. Lever back earring findings lock securely onto the ear.
Approx. 4" hang x 1" wide
The Hatchet Women ~ Indigenous Resistance since 1736
During the French Indian Wars of the 1730s, villages in our southeastern homelands were under attack by French Soldiers looking to take our resources and harm our people. However, they were stopped by Chickasaw women. Armed with hatchets and skilled in combat, these unconquerable women forced the French to retreat.
Handmade in Los Angeles
*Pieces are made to be hypo-allergenic and less likely to tarnish.