Tania Larsson

Dentalium Shell Earrings - Green Whitehearts

Sale price Price $ 235.00 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 red whiteheart beads from Italy. 
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I hand sanded and polished each shell to ensure the longevity and comfort of the earrings. 
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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 7 grams. They are 11cm long and 2cm wide. 

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Due to worldwide shortage of dentalium shells these are some of my last long shells that I have.