Tania Larsson

Dentalium Shell Necklace - Yellow and brick red

Sale price Price $ 215.00 CAD Regular price $ 0.00 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 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 moose hide I traditionally tanned myself. 

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I hand sanded and polished each shell to ensure the longevity and comfort of the pieces. The caribou antler was hand sanded for a smooth finish. I like to place the caribou piece above my heart. 

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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 necklace is 29" long