Sterling Silver Haida Gwaii Bear Claw Pendant by Meaghan McRae (Gitxsan)

Material: Sterling Silver

Dimensions: 32 mm wide (1.25 inches wide)

Chain option: Choose optional 3mm sterling silver curb chain

Design: Haida Gwaii is an archipelago of over 150 islands in northwest coast British Columbia and is the traditional territory of the Haida Nation. It is also home to North America's largest black bears. This piece connects you to Haida Gwaii, its beautiful landscapes, topography and texture to represent the mountains and sea, and the bear claw shape to honour the bears. Bears represent respect, intelligence and family. 

Made by Gitxsan Artist, Meaghan McRae: 

Meaghan McRae is a Gitxsan artist living and working in Vancouver, B.C. She was born in Port Moody, B.C. in 1986 and belongs to the killer whale fireweed clan. McRae attended Emily Carr University and graduated from the Jewellery Art and Design program at VCC. She has worked alongside other local Indigenous artists. 

McRae prefers to make larger, statement style pieces of jewelry and favours bold forms with high contrast stones or other added details. She works in silver, gold and copper. She specializes in hand carving wax sculpture prototypes that will be then cast in metal before being engraved. Many of her pieces are designed around the love of creating work with a more 3D base to them. She also loves to produce beaded jewelry, a skill which she has always has an appreciation for growing up beading with her Grandma Elizabeth.