Premature as evening falls
It calls to me
Interrupted by the sirens in the street"
- Smokey Taboo by Cocorosie
Lovely hand formed copper frames are hammered for strength, and hand woven with lapis beads in a delicate tribal pattern. Vintage textured brass chains, and dentalium shells drape gracefully as a lilting song in the evening.
These beautiful statement earrings are 3 inches in length from the top of the brass earwires to the end of the chain drape.
Lapis Lazuli is a psychic facilitator. Used by the ancient Egyptians to access sacred knowledge. Cleanses the mind, body and spirit of toxins and negativity. Key words are: will, perfection, awareness. Encourages integrity in relationships. Strengthens the immune system.
Dentalium shells are small tubular mollusks that look like little elephant tusks. There are over 300 species of dentalium, but the species most used by American Indians as money were Dentalium (Antalis) Pretiosum which are found along the northwest coast of North America.
Dentalium shells have been used ornamentally as beads, money and symbols of wealth for thousands of years and many varieties can be found around the world.
The American Indians of the Pacific Northwest initiated the use of dentalium as a standard of monetary exchange and a sign of wealth. These shells are most attributed to the tribes of Northern California ( Hupa, Tolowas, Yurok, Wiyot, Karuk, Wintu) because their societies had a high cultural value on wealth. However, they got most of their dentalium shells from more Northern Indians (as far away as Vancouver).