Argillite Raven & Moon Necklace

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Material: Argillite, Paua Shell

Dimensions: 1.63 inches tall by 1.63 inches wide

Design: When raven stole the light, he dropped it and a piece broke off to become the moon. Raven is known as a trickster and is a catalyst for change.

About Argillite 

Argillite is a black stone that is geologically classified as slate. The argillite from Haida Gwaii is found on one mountaintop and is protected by the Haida Nation as a stone exclusively carved by the Haida people.

This stone’s geological formation makes it unique compared to argillite found elsewhere. Exposure to high heats allowed this argillite to cool and form in a way that was strong enough to be carved, yet soft enough to take on fine carving details and sculpting.

Once this stone was found by Haida artists its true transformation began.

About the Artist

Myles Edgars was born in 1958 in Haida Gwaii and started carving at the age of 13. Myles mainly carves argillite and is known for his smooth and fluid style, and use of inlay. In addition to carving argillite jewelry, Myles also carves small argillite figurines and totem poles.

He was mentored by the late Richard Yeltatzie, an established Haida artist and his brother-in-law, Haida carver Steven Collinson. Myles has also mentored many young people to continue this skill, including his daughter, Amy Edgars.

Sourcing the argillite stone is an arduous task. A few times a year Myles' son makes the trip up by foot to a mountainous area on Haida Gwaii. This site is protected by the Haida Nation.   

When Myles isn’t carving, his favourite thing to do is spend time with his family and gather food, such as seafood and dear meat.

Variation

Each argillite carving is made by hand. Please expect some minor variation. This craftsmanship is what makes your piece truly unique.

Haida Designs

In Haida culture, the meanings of designs and symbols are in context of oral histories passed down through generations. 

Some stories have been lost due to residential schooling and colonization, during which time the Haida were outlawed from practicing their language and culture. With the stories that remain, Haida elders continue to share these stories with the next generation. 

Each design is created based on the artist’s unique style and their personal and familial interpretation of Haida stories.

So what’s the best way to choose a design? We encourage you to select the design that you feel most drawn to. Haida artists create these pieces to share their art and culture beyond Haida Gwaii. We hope you enjoy. Haawa (thank you).

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    11/23/2020
    Abigail W.
    United States United States
    Absolutely Beautiful

    I first purchased a Myles Edgars piece when I visited Alaska. I wanted something to remind me of my time there and bought this raven-moon pendant. I wore it for years. I’m usually not one for jewelry, but this pendant became something I wore constantly. I got compliments from friends and strangers alike. A year ago, I misplaced it. I tried not to let it get to me, but I missed the familiar weight and shape of the pendant. After a year of missing it, I took to the internet to see if I could at least find something similar. I was OVERJOYED when I found the exact pendant, with credit to the artist and all. I placed an order immediately, and it arrived within the month. (Granted, I would have waited multiple months, but I wasn’t expecting it to be ready so soon!) The piece is as beautiful as the pictures show, and makes a lovely statement with any outfit. I highly recommend Crystal Cabin for any of your accessorizing needs!