“I am not afraid....I was born to do this.”
Joan of Arc
The Aleuts have lived on the Aleutian Islands for over 12,000 years. This group of islands stretches 1300 miles west from Alaska almost to the Kamchatka Peninsula. They subsisted on salmon, seals and sea otters.
The Aleuts were the first Native Americans the Russians came in contact with in 1740. Later, before the United States bought Alaska, the Aleuts were considered citizens of the Russian Empire.
Our Aleut earrings are designed after a pair of earrings found in a dig of a settlement found near a beach with a reliable salmon run. There is an abundance of fresh water pearls. (Note that the shimmer seen in abalone shell, pearls and in the fringes of weavings is considered a manifestation of the spiritual power of the garment or adornment.)
From a Sterling Silver hoop dangles a cross cut of 7000 year old Fossil Walrus Ivory. Red garnet beads flank the ivory and two fresh water pearls serve as accents. (Note: red is the color of life for the Aleuts.) This set of earrings always evokes many comments regarding its origin. 2 inch high, including 1 inch hoop.