Mother's Tear Gorget

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The Mother's Tear Gorget is a symbol of a mother's love, past, present, and future

Imagine if you will soldiers show up at your door on horseback You are then ordered to gather everything you can carry, your children and your family. You have just been forced from your home, the only home you know, the town your grandparents built, the woods you played in as a kid, fished, and hunted in. 

This is the beginning of the Trail of Tears.

Many a Mother shed many a tear on this trail, they cried for their home, they cried for their land, and they cried for their children. 

This gorget aims to capture that sorrow in a single tear.

Each gorget is handmade to order -- as such yours will be unique. 

All of our jewelry is handmade in our studio in Oklahoma. Please allow 7-10 before we ship. Need something faster, choose Front Of The Line Shipping at Checkout. This option allows you to skip to the front of the production line. Standard shipping times apply once shipped 


How Do I Care For My Copper Jewelry?

The Best way to care for your Copper is to wear it often  The natural oils from your skin will keep the copper, and pearls nice and shiny. Copper will acquire a beautiful patina over time. We feel that the patina is part of the natural beauty of the metal. 

As much as possible do not wear your jewelry when working out or doing any heavy physical activity that will cause excessive sweating. 

Clean your copper jewelry with a soft cloth if dirty you can use some liquid dish soap.

If you prefer, you can coat the metal with clear fingernail polis to maintain the shine. 


Why Does Copper Sometimes Turn My Skin Green?

Have you ever noticed a green tint on your skin after wearing copper jewelry? That is a chemical reaction between the copper, oxygen and the sweat on your skin. The process is called oxidization and is your body's way of absorbing the copper. Copper is an essential element and your body needs it. If you skin is turning green it is your body's way of telling you that something is missing. 

We typically notice this happening on hot days when when we are working outside and sweating. What can you do when this happens? Luckily the green washes off easily with soap and water. You can also coat your copper with clear fingernail polish and this will keep the green away. Of course some of our customers see the green as proof the copper is working.


Where Can I Find Cherokee Copper In Person?

We are frequently asked if we have a store location. The answer is someday. But for now you can find us in cultural gift shops, museums and art galleries from Cape Code to Tahlequah. You can find our most up to date list of locations here.

Return Policy

Customer happiness is our number one priority. 

If you are not happy please contact us and we will do what we can to fix that. 

We accept returns on regular priced items. 

A 3% restocking fee will apply to all returns and cancellations,

We can not accept returns on 

Sale items (if applicable)
Only regular-priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded. Sale items include Mystery Boxes, Mystery Earrings and any other Mystery items we may offer in the future.

If we decide to offer a credit than it is only for the purchase price not the oringal retail value. 

Custom items (if applicable)

Due to the nature of custom designs we can not accept returns. Be sure to double check your proof before continuing with the design process. It is much easier to make changes before production than after shipping. 


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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Yvonne Brownrigg
Mother’s Tear Gorget

This necklace is so beautiful! I received many compliments, which also opened the door to share the story behind it. Thank you.

One critique. The connection between the sphere and the circle separated. Thankfully I didn’t lose it when it dropped off. Could use glue to keep it from spreading? Is there a way to seal the chain so that it doesn’t change color after wearing around neck?

Hi Yvonne,
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We would love to fix your gorget for you. If you would like to send it back I can provide free postage for you. As for sealing the chain there are two methods one is to use fingernail polish the other jeweler's wax. Neither is permenant. The good news is copper cleans up very easily with just a little soap and water and a soft cloth.

Cynthia Killian
Don’t Be Afraid of This Necklace!

Yes, it is large enough to be noticed, but not “too much”. It is lite and well balanced. The colors and finish are subdued and earthy. Really very pretty. I wear it with everything from tees to dressy items. It has meaning and is a lovely item.

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