Monday, August 22, 2011

Diana - Guinea Hen fowl feathers earrings in Sterling Silver. Handmade ethnic tribal design jewelry by Arctida

You know those big Native American headdresses? With long feathers, giving that majestic and wise look?

Most of the time the feathers came from eagles, but crow and hawk feathers were also used. But the eagle was the most significant source of feathers, and the warriors of many tribes had eagle feathers in their headdresses, symbolizing the accomplishments in battle.

The feathers were not only used to show status among the people in the tribes, they were also used as ornaments in clothes and plain decoration, like the dream catcher (The dream catcher were originally made to protect the sleeping children of nightmares; the bad dreams would get caught in the web of the dream catcher and be gone by the morning.). They were also used for ceremonial and religious causes, and what kind and how many feathers a person wore could tell a lot about him. The Indian chief always had more feathers in his headdress than anyone else had in the tribe.

Today people still use feathers, like decorations, hair-extensions, necklaces and earrings in many lengths and colors. Perhaps they don’t have any religious meaning and won’t point out an important individual, but they are still an important accent of one’s style.

and how can one not get inspired by all those different textures, colors and patterns that feathers have?! That exactly what happened to me :) When I saw the pretty polka dot Guinea Hen feathers for the first time I just had to make something! In order to show all the beauty of Guinea Hen feathers it had to be big, statement-like piece of jewelry.While working with the feathers I realized that they have two different kind of patterns. Big and bold white dotted feathers and feathers with smaller dots and lighter background. I decided to mix them both to get a sort of balance, the way they look in the nature. I chose several different lengths of the feathers, combined them into 3D shape and wire wrapped them with sterling silver wire. Afterwords I attached my feather clusters to sterling silver lever-backs to make them more comfortable to wear.

So here come my first design with feathers, I think they came out very pretty, don't you guys? :)

Diana - for sale in my Arctida shop



16 comments:

FleetingStillness said...

wow, lovely earrings and an interesting artice!

Tom Bjorn Designs said...

I love these earrings. and the photo - mmmmm

Natalka Pavlysh said...

Beautiful earrings!

Erika Price said...

Gorgeous feathers in those earrings :)

IrinaN said...

Lovely earrings :)

matchstickgirl said...

sweet little polka dot feathers ...can you believe nature made those ?

brilliant!

Arctida said...
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Irina said...

Lovely earrings!!!

lafiabarussa said...

Lovely earrings !!!

Eviltwin said...

Wonderful idea!

Sabine B. said...

Those are really nice! I'd wear them in a heartbeat :)

DemyBlackDesign said...

orThey are so natural!

Arctida said...

Thank you so much ladies :)

SocksAndMittens said...

gorgeous earrings, and I also love your photographs

OnePerfectDay said...

Pretty earrings!
I love those feathers!

kimberly said...

Love the earrings! Feathers are just so adorable.

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