As I have started to incorporate more pieces with etching in it, the more I feel closer to my mound builder ancestors. I am using this technique as they had long ago, though I am creating these using a few more modern tools. These are all still done one line at a time and by hand. This design came from finding pictures of bandolier bags and intricate design work of x's and then the design began to make a pattern with line work. The Shell I used for this piece is pink mussel shell, it has a light pale pink hue only noticeable in different lighting. The lines are darkened with lacquer which hardens within the lines. I also wanted to add a simple large Freshwater Pearl as Pearls were another adornment we coveted in the Southeast. The etched shell is set in sterling silver with sterling silver chain.
Pendant measures:1-1/4 by 2 inches
Chain Measures 18 inches ( an extended chain can be added to lengthen to 20 inches, just message me after purchase.)
Stamped with Ahlazua Makers Mark and .925
Using Indigenous Materials and re-Imagined Designs/Ideas from my Tribes in the South Eastern Woodlands and the South Western Deserts.