Lydia Puaa Shell Gorget

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Experience the beauty and heritage of the Lydia Abalone Shell Gorget Necklace, our top-selling piece of 2023.

  • Stunning Colors: Features an abalone shell with mesmerizing green, purple, and blue hues that perfectly complement the copper chain.
  • Unique & Natural: Each gorget is crafted from farmed abalone, ensuring that no two pieces are exactly alike.
  • Cultural Significance: Abalone has been cherished by Native peoples worldwide for food, tools, and jewelry for centuries.
  • History of Gorgets - Gorgets have been worn by Native people as a sign of status, early gorgets were made of shell and even stone.
  • Inspiration & Heritage: Named after Lydia,  a young widow with a pioneering spirit who embodies resilience and determination. Her journey is a testament to the strength of our ancestors, and her legacy continues through our craft. 
  • One-of-a-Kind Beauty: Own a unique piece of jewelry that stands out with its natural variations and vibrant colors.
  • Connection to Heritage: Embrace a piece of Native American history and culture, honoring traditional craftsmanship and materials.
  • Legacy -  Continue the proud tradition of wearing gorgets.
  • Craftsmanship: Handmade with love and care by our award-winning family members, ensuring quality and authenticity.


Size 3" x 1"

Material - Abalone shell, reinforced with resin on the back. 

Chain Length - 20"

Celebrate your style and heritage with the Lydia Abalone Shell Gorget Necklace – a symbol of beauty, history, and craftsmanship.


All of our jewelry and gifts are handmade in our studio in Oklahoma. Please allow 3-5 days 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 McKinney
A lovely gorget!

I was very pleased with the gorget, and it made a very special gift. ❤️


My husband got this for me for Valentines, love it!!

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