Silver Clamshell Earrings with Canadian Diamonds & Dentalium Shell

Design:  Made by Ts'msyen artist Morgan Asoyuf, these sterling silver clamshell earrings are accented with 14 Canadian diamonds and 16 dentalium shells. These symbols have meanings that are connected to wealth, status and the responsibilities of high ranking women. 

"Clam beds are something that we traditionally cultivated and harvested. Often high-ranking northwest coast women would be the one tending them and dentalium is a pre-contact form of currency as well." - Ts'msyen artist Morgan Asoyuf

Dentalium shell, which is the shell of a sea mollusk, were traditionally used for currency along the northwest coast & symbolize wealth.

From Canada's northwest territories, diamonds promote strength and love. They are also beneficial for enlightenment and clarity of the mind. 

Meet the Artist:

Morgan Asoyuf (nee. Green) was born March 24, 1984 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to parents Henry Green and Jean Gardiner. Morgan is Ts'msyen Eagle Clan from Lax Kwallams, B.C.

Morgans artistic career started with Blanche Macdonald Centres Fashion Design Diploma, and an interest in painting Ts’msyen designs. She carved cedar and alder while working with Henry Green, learning about the properties of the wood and how to properly care for it.

She took Bronze Casting at The Crucible art compound in Oakland, where industry professionals taught her both investment mold and sand casting.

In 2010 Morgan began studying at Vancouver Metal Art School under Gerold Mueller, a goldsmith from Pforzheim, Germany. She received diplomas in both jewelry design and stone cutting, learning special techniques such as hollow construction, custom stone cutting, and advanced soldering.

Morgan has studied design and engraving with Richard Adkins. She also attended Revere Academy in San Francisco for gem setting courses.

Materials: 

  • Sterling Silver
  • Fourteen certified Canadian diamonds with a total of 0.22 carats, clarity: S1, colour: F, cut: excellent round brilliant 
  • Sixteen dentalium shells

Dimensions: 1 inch wide x 2.5 inches tall (3.5 inches tall when measuring to the top of the ear wire)

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