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I’ve always loved the look of Native American jewelry, but it’s never been something that I’ve tried. I’ve never been able to match the pattern and color consistently, but there are many crafters who can use seed beads, bugle beads, and varying stone beads to make beautiful Native American themed jewelry.

Native American jewelry holds a lot of symbolism with its rich colors, stones, and animal shapes.

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Colors

  • Black: represents night, cold, and disease
  • Blue: sky, water, clouds, the moon, sadness
  • Green: life, the Earth, the summer season
  • Red: thunder, day, sunset
  • Yellow: sunshine, day, dawn
  • White: snow, death, winter, peace

Stone

  • Coral: This stone is believed to be soothing and able to assist in healing blood disorders. It’s also seen as a protective stone.
  • Howlite: This stone is believed to help with concentration, relieve insomnia, and relieve stress.
  • Turquoise: This stone is the most popular to use in Native American jewelry. It is believed to help overcome illness and bring strength.

Animal Shapes

  • Bear: The easiest to carve into stone, they are very common in Native American jewelry. The animal is considered to represent strength and power; because bears hibernate, they are often seen as a symbol of renewal.
  • Turtle: Turtles are often a sign of nurturing, Mother Earth, and being grounded. They are often found carved out of bone and stone.
  • Wolf: Wolves are very important to Native American cultures. They are thought to be a powerful spirit guide looking for a deeper meaning in life. They are symbols of intuition and finding a path.

Feathers are also commonly used in Native American jewelry. They are a symbol of freedom, power, wisdom, honor, trust, strength, vitality, good fortune, and life.