Dentalium Shell Layered Necklace (Various)

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These popular and beautiful tiered necklaces feature three layers of long dentalium shells interspersed with faceted beads.

Designed by Beyond Buckskin owner Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and made in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota. Prior to European contact, dentalium shells were used as currency in inter-tribal exchange networks, and many Native American women proudly wore dentalium jewelry to display the wealth and status of their families.

This necklace blends the natural imperfections of shells with the glamour of faceted beads. Through the meanings that the shells hold, we hope to share our traditions with the world: we decorate the body beautifully to please the spirit world and to walk in beauty and harmony with the environment around us.

Finished with deerskin lace straps, the necklace is adjustable, and looks great as a shorter d├ęcolletage necklace as well as for a longer layered look. Each is one-of-a-kind and made in a variety of color combinations. Whether this necklace is a gift for yourself or for someone special, it comes packaged in a BBB jewelry box with ribbon. This item ships from the US.

  • Dentalium Shell and Czech Beads
  • 30" adjustable necklace
  • Handmade
  • by Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)