Dentalium Shell Earrings - Green Whitehearts
$ 235.00 CAD
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.
Based on Gwich'in designs these handmade dentalium shell earrings are made with vintage red whiteheart beads from Italy.
I hand sanded and polished each shell to ensure the longevity and comfort of the earrings.
I searched for these vintage European beads because of the beauty of their colour and shape. These beads are no longer being produced.
The ear hooks are made with sterling silver wire.
Each earrings weigh around 7 grams. They are 11cm long and 2cm wide.
Due to worldwide shortage of dentalium shells these are some of my last long shells that I have.