The striking and powerful shield pendant is black ruthenium plated and accented with two diamond shaped labradorite gemstones. It hangs on a heavy gauge diamond shaped linked chain, which can be clasped at any point for versatility. The piece is molded and cast from an original hand sculpted pendant by Kristen Dorsey using a traditional relief sculpture technique.
The shield symbol, a design theme throughout the Panther Woman collection, symbolizes the strength and courage of our Chickasaw women throughout history. The shield represents how women are defenders of their families, communities, and culture. Panther Woman, the namesake of the collection, is a historical heroine from Chickasaw oral tradition. The design represents a sun disk pattern commonly found on ancient southeastern shell carvings from the Chickasaw homelands.
This large pendant is cast in sterling silver, black ruthenium plated, and accented with Labradorite.
Wear this piece long or short. It hangs on an adjustable chain measuring up to 28."