Tania Larsson

Black Dentalium Shell Earrings

Sale price Price $ 145.00 CAD Regular price

The dentalium shell was traded across North American from the Arctic to the Plains. They were a form of currency to Indigenous peoples. The shells generally originated from the West Coast and were traded inland. These earrings embody an Indigenous statement of wealth and status.  
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Based on Gwich'in designs these handmade dentalium shell earrings are made with vintage European beads.
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I hand sanded and polished each shell to ensure the longevity and comfort of the necklace. 
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I searched for these vintage European beads because of the beauty of their colour and shape. These beads are no longer being produced. 
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The ear hooks are made with sterling silver wire.
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Each earrings weigh around 4 grams for your comfort. They are 10 cm long and 1.5 cm wide.