Heart Plus Friendship Bracelet
Recycled Sterling Silver
Each charm lovingly receives a protective coating to prevent tarnish and scratching.
durable and colorfast nylon cording.
Bracelet is adjustable in length ~ one size fits most.
Profits of sale of this bracelet will be donated to Delwin Fiddler, Jr. provides programming of Native American performing arts, educational programs, interactive cultural presentations, tours of sacred sites and discussions on the Native American perspective on the environment and spirituality
Mr. Fiddler is a member of the Oceti Sakowin Nation and from a family of medicine men and women in the lineage of the Keepers of the Pipe. His great grandfather was Elk Head "Hehakapa."
What does this image mean?
It represents love, encouragement and a heart connection among all of the people who humbly show up and work with a generous spirit for mankind and Mother Earth. It reminds us that we (seen and unseen) are all connected around the globe in continuous circle of support.
We learned about this image from a Water Protector we met in Standing Rock, ND at Sacred Stone Camp during the demonstrations agains the DAPL. This Water Protector worked in the camp kitchen in the fall of 2016 and was still in the camps during the darkest days of winter when most people had left the camps and the temperature was sub-zero. He received a care package from New Jersey that included herbs, cigarettes, wool socks, a scrap of paper with this image on it.
In his words, “It feels so lonely sometimes, but when you see <+3 you know that you will get through because you have comrades supporting you.”
It came with a note from an anonymous donor that said, “Dear Water Protectors, there are not words powerful enough to thank you with. You are loved. Once upon a time when I was doing some intense relief work, a friend drew this on a slip of scrap paper and gave it to me. They told me that it’s a “one up heart, extra HP,” a reminder that your comrades are always with you, if not in person, then in all of their love for you.”
The Water Protector was moved to tears by the gift of this image and after receiving it said, “I just want you to know how much it means to me. What your support means to me. I love you. So, even though you are not here in person. Your hearts are here, and you are here in my heart. I care for you.”
He then gave us instructions. He said, “Take this little heart with the plus symbol and put it places. Give it to people… when we we see it around, we will know that a Water Protector was there. Or a Disaster Land person was there. Someone cares. We’ll feel a little more strength and a little more courage. A little bit more love. We’ll all be just a little bit more capable, whatever fight we’re in. Use that image. Share it. Give love to each other. Know that you are in my heart.”
We were so moved by his example and words that we had this image made into a bracelet to remind us of the camps, the feeling of community that we experienced there and the enormous generosity of spirit of all of the people who came from around the world to help, plus all who sent donations from far and wide.
Now, that we are not in the camps, we hunger to stay connected with that feeling and with each other. We hope that Water Protectors, relief workers and all people who are working to take care of each other and Mother Earth, (Rainbow Warriors) will consider wearing this image to remind ourselves of the deep connection we have to each other. Life sometimes gets discouraging. This is a symbol of encouragement and love. We see this and remember that we continue to be in each others hearts, so that we can continue to show up and do good work.
Delwin Fiddler, Jr., spent six months as a Water Protector at Standing Rock in 2016, praying and doing ceremony for the people at the camps. He receives continual requests to travel to different locations to pray and do ceremony for Water Protectors. Half of the cost of this bracelet will cover travel expenses for him to be able do so.
Please consider the purchase of this bracelet to wear or to gift to someone who is needing encouragement and love.
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All of our pieces are forged from natural metals and the chains and cording have been selected and tested to be worn and stand up to the test of an active lifestyle. I wear my pieces everyday all day. I never take them off. I go from the studio to running, biking, yoga, swimming to shower. This line was designed to be comfortable to wear everyday and to last.
We initially give the charms a protective coating but it will wear off.
All you need to do is use a brass or silver polish and the natural luster will return. I like Maas Metal Polish.
If you feel you would like to send your piece in to be refreshed contact us and we can give a touch up here.
We can gift wrap and include a personal note with a gift receipt upon request.
We do wholesale our line to stores. Contact us to learn more.
First Class Mail = Snail Mail ~ this is our most economical option but it is slow and takes some time for delivery. If you are looking to receive your piece in a specific timeframe we recommend Priority Mail.
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We can stamp symbols on the flip side but are limited by the size of the charm for text. Contact us with any text requests to make sure they can be done.
To add a flip side stamping to your order go to our extras section and add the extra engraving charge to your shopping cart. Note what you would like on the flip side in the comments section of your order when checking out.
Etsy only allows a certain number of options on the backend so I can't put all the symbols on the list.
Choose "custom" and then note what you would like in the notes section of your order.
You can view our most current complete list of symbols on our website in our gallery: https://www.houseofmetalworks.com/gallery
If you don't see a symbol that you are looking for - contact us - we may be able to source a stamp to meet your needs.
We want to make sure you can wear your pieces.
Add length to chain necklaces/Bracelets by using the "add length to your chain necklace or bracelet" listing in our "extras" section of the site.
These can be made in any size for no additional charge - just note what size you want when checking out.
If it is one of our stock rings we can switch out the ring for a new size.
If you ordered a custom ring and need to adjust the size we can do that for a small resizing fee.
for resizing - customer will be responsible for shipping costs back and forth.