Tellico Pearl Earrings

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Grab these earrings while they are in stock. This popular style has a history of selling out. 

Tellico was the largest town in the region (Tennesee) and was once the capitol of the Overhill Cherokees.   written Talikwa (Syllabary: ᏖᎵᏉ). Tahlequah, the current capitol of the Cherokee Nation is derived from the name. 

The Tellico Earrings are  a modern take on ancient tradition. Shell and pearl were traditional adornment of the Cherokee and ancient mound cultures. Pearls are formed when a the shellfish is injured. In this case the shell encases the pearl.

We do our best to match the shell pearls for color, but because this is a naturally made item no two shells are exactly the same. All of our jewelry is handmade in our studio in Oklahoma. 

Please allow 5-7days 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 5 reviews
Becky Bolen

I purchased these for my daughter for Mothers Day. She has been wanting them for a very long time. I also purchased the necklace that goes with it. They are so pretty on her

Donna Young
Gave the ear rings as a gift

Gave the ear rings to a friend as a birthday gift. I thought they were absolutely beautiful. I trust she loved them. I haven't seen her since. I hope she loves them as much as I do.

Amy T
Tellico pearls

Love pearls, these are what I like.

Rebecca Vasquez
My Birthstone

I love these earrings for many reasons, they are my birthstone,, made by people of my heritage, and I can wear them with the Three sisters necklace. I learned that my staple silver earrings do not match go with the cooper on the Three sisters necklace so I will be purchasing a staple pair of cooper earrings to wear with the three sisters earrings. I will also be returning to purchase he necklace to go with these earrings. I am so happy that I have discovered Cherokee copper jewelry makers. thank you for sharing your heritage in jewelry that other descendants from the Cherokee can wear with pride of our heritage.
I love reading about the meanings of the pieces.

Deborah Inman

Love my earrings have a lot of people asking where I got them keep up the great work

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