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Paula says - "Simple yet elegant, this black stone bear is suspended by a sterling silver girth that is wrapped with sterling silver wire to form a substantial wire bail.
"Each bear has one plain black side and one side with an inlaid heart line.
"These pendants are hand carved by Everett Pino, Jr. and he signed the majority of these pendants with his initials EP. There are a few that slipped by and do not bear his mark. If it is important that yours has a hallmark, please place a comment in the note box when you place your order."
Sterling silver cable shown is not included.
What is a Fetish? A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. A double fetish represents relationship and unity. Read more about fetishes.
Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He also has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.
Heart Line. The heart line is a line etched, painted or inlaid along one or both sides of the animal. It usually extends from the mouth to the region of the heart. There are many interpretations as to what a heart line represents, but it is often said to represent the pathway of the breath of the animal to the life force which is the heart. Others feel that the heart line points to the soul of the animal. It is thought that a heart line gives the fetish healing or medicinal power.