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Cultural Symbolism of Feather Jewelry

Feather Jewelry Symbolism

What does Feather Jewelry Represent?

Feathers represent travel both physically, or traveling with your mind, or spirit. When traveling through your mind, feathers help us to move above and beyond different mental barriers. Feather reminds us to move freely through life, and notice when we need to change the direction we are travelling. In many ancient civilizations, feathers were often associated with the sky, or sky gods and goddesses. In Egypt, the goddess Ma'at is the god of truth and order. Ma'at was symbolized by the feather. In the depiction of "judgement day", after death the heart would be weighed in comparison to a feather. It was believed if your heart weighs heavier than the feather, there have been too many sins and they would not be accepted into paradise. In Native American tribes, they felt that feathers gave them a connection to the divine, and were used in many practices, ceremonies, dances, and jewelry.


Spiritual Meaning in Feather Jewelry

The feather often represents strength and growth, as well as hope and freedom. Birds fly freely in the clouds, closest to the spirit realm. Sometimes when a feather is in our path, it may be perceived as a message from the other side. Feathers can symbolize ascension, spirit, flight and even heaven. The feather teaches us faith and hope in ourselves and in the universe. As a human, we often fantasize about spreading our wings to fly and feel free! The symbol of a feather holds meaning in many different religious practices. Feathers are often used in ceremonies and are considered to be very sacred. In many practices worldwide, feathers are used to sift through the smoke of sage during a cleansing. In the Bible, the feather is known to be one of the most common symbols. The meaning of the feather in the bible is also associated with moving through life freely, and connects the symbol with the heavens. It is a common belief within many different religions that the feather is overall spiritual evolution.


Culture-Cross Handmade Feather Jewelry

We travel through South East Asia and work with different artisans who are inspired, just like we are, by the feather. We have a selection from Indian artists that include of both brass and silver feather rings, bangles, arm cuffs, ear cuffs, earrings and necklaces now available. In the assorted selection, we include a variety of gemstones with the feather adjustable rings, feather adjustable arm cuffs, gold brass feather ear cuffs and feather pendants. We also work with an indigenous tribe, known as the Hmong people. This tribe help to make us some very unique, hand hammered jewelry. Each of the pieces provided from the Hmong people are one of a kind. In our Hmong collection, we have adjustable feather rings and matching adjustable feather bangles and adjustable feather arm cuffs are listed here on our website. My personal favorite is our feather ear cuffs from the Hmong tribe. The Hmong feathered ear cuff is a true statement piece, and you can see all the detail used to make this piece. The ear cuff is malleable, and opens up to rest on the top part of your ear, and curve under the bottom lobe.

Take a look at all of our Feather Jewelry!