Winterchild Silver Jewelry - Symbolic, meaningful sterling silver jewellery from Canada's North.
 

Canadian Wildlife - Symbol Selection

Our original Canadian wildlife symbols are available on all of our handcrafted sterling silver and two-tone copper & sterling silver jewellery (necklaces, earrings, and bracelets). Esther Winter, jewellery designer draws each original Winterchild symbol by hand. The symbol is then forged into a hardened steel stamp. Next, the stamp is hammered into the sterling silver or copper to create an imprint. Final touches include curving the silver or copper and polishing. Handcrafted in the Yukon, Canada.

 

Reference Scale

Jewellery Reference Scale

Scale shows size of the symbols on a sample 14mm silver disc.


 
Beaver Silver Jewellery

Beaver

Beavers are animals I have a lot of respect for. I admire their remarkable work ethic, their ability to actually construct dams and lodges and especially their tightly knit family unit. I’m sure you’ll agree that the seconds between catching sight of a beaver and hearing the sharp slap of its tail on the water is truly delightful!


Buffalo Symbol on Handcrafted Silver Jewelry

The Buffalo

As a child of the great depression my Father spent many summer days searching the nearby dry lakebed for arrowheads. Many years before native hunters must have hunted buffalo at this exact spot. What an honest hunt this would have been. The hunted buffalo would have provided food, clothing, fuel for fires and shelter for their tribe.

It is one of the unpardonable pieces of our history that the buffalo nearly became extinct. Thankfully, today the buffalo’s numbers are steadily increasing through private and public efforts.


Canada Goose Symbol on Sterling Silver Jewelry

Canada Goose

The sight and sounds of a flock of Canada Geese flying overhead in their wide heavenly “V” are such a welcome sight every spring and fall. They truly mark the changing of the seasons for us. I admire their strong family bonds including mating for life and keeping their young with them for an entire year.

As a flock they are perfect examples of how much teamwork can accomplish, during migration flying an astonishing one thousand kilometers a day. This is a truly extraordinary accomplishment and a lesson for us to learn about how very important teamwork is.


Caribou in the Moonlight Symbol on Sterling Silver Jewelry

Caribou in the Moonlight

The image that comes to me when I am thinking about the caribou, is how they are on a seemingly endless journey throughout their lives, never resting long in any specific place. Their journey has them swimming across ice-laden rivers and marching through mountain passes to the vast northern plains of the Yukon. It is a truly admirable journey undertaken by the youngest calf through to the oldest in the herd. What an incredible life to lead.


Eagle Circling Sun Symbol on Handcrafted Silver Jewelry

Eagle Circling Sun

There are so many things to admire about the eagle. In this design, I envisioned her high up in the sky, circling the sun. She is soaring higher and higher, delighting in her freedom and her strength.


Elk Silver Jewellery

Elk

One morning I recall the pleasant surprise of waking up to a resting Elk calmly munching away on the grass just outside my tent. What an unforgettable morning that was!

Elk are the second largest members of the deer family in North America. Being very social, elk are often found in herds and are very vocal with each other. Anyone fortunate enough to hear the sound of a male elk bugling during rutting season will not soon forget such a remarkable performance.


Grizzly Cub Silver Jewelry

Grizzly Cub

The image of the grizzly cub brings to mind a playful, inquisitive fellow who is so much like we are as children. Grizzly cub's zeal for life is completely captivating. I am inspired to watch, listen, touch and taste as they do, to experiment more, and lose myself in the moment more often.


Grizzly Paw Print Silver Jewelry

Grizzly Paw Print

When coming upon a Grizzly Paw Print we are instantly more aware of our surroundings and our senses become heightened, we quickly assess how old the print is and gauge our actions based on this.

The Grizzly Bear is one of the most admired as well as the most feared of all the animals. The Grizzly Paw Print symbolizes strength, fearlessness and respect for boundaries.


Loon Symbol on Sterling Silver Jewelry

Loon

The call of the loon is one of the most familiar sounds to a Canadian's ear. It evokes in me the image of a still, misty lake with a mother loon and her babies following close behind.


Moose in the Moonlight Symbol on Silver Jewellery

Moose in the Moonlight

Moose are an integral part of life in my community. Most conversations will include reference to where a moose has last been sighted. My children are regularly coached on how to do a cow or bull call, as funny as they sound now they will both one day be able to actually call a moose. This image is of a bull moose in the moonlight. His daily views are places most of us can only dream about -- un-peopled, pristine northern wilderness.


Musk Ox Sterling Silver Jewellery

Musk Ox

Musk Ox, protected in their long blankets of fur, are often seen huddled together sheltering one another from harsh arctic winds. With long outer hairs offering protection from the elements and extremely soft under-fur named "qiviuq" acting as insulation, the Musk Ox have adapted beautifully to the arctic climate.


Polar Bear Symbol on Handcrafted Silver Jewelry

Polar Bear

The polar bear, the most beloved symbol of the Canadian north because of its strength, intelligence and beauty.


Raven Symbol on Silver Jewellery

Raven

The raven is always present whenever I am outdoors. Sometimes ravens sound like they are having conversations with one another. They are so intelligent that I have no doubt that they actually are! I am pleased to share this space with them.


Wolf Symbol on Sterling Silver Jewelry

Wolf

One winter afternoon I caught sight of a lone wolf while driving. Slowing to a halt, I watched him walking in the snow, he stopped and looked directly at me before going on at the same pace. The pure confidence in his gaze made me fully understand why the wolf is so loved and respected.


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