“Like camels, we lived on our past.”
Alice B. Toklas
The Koryak have inhabited the northern portions of the Kamchatka Peninsula of Northeastern Siberia for at least 20,000 years. Because this peninsula separates the Sea of Okhotsk from the Bering Sea, it was natural for the Koryak to become a primarily maritime culture. Through maritime contact, much of their culture influenced the Native American cultures of Southeastern Alaska and Northwestern Canada.
Our Koryak earrings are a contemporary interpretation of a pair of fossil walrus ivory beaded earrings found in a dig in 1900, at a 300 year old settlement.
From a Sterling Silver earwire we dangle dark, 25,000 year old graduated Fossil Mammoth Ivory beads and garnet seed beads. At the bottom hangs a Sterling Silver whale’s tail similar to the ivory whale’s tail found on the originals. An interesting and colorful earring sure to evoke much comment.
Available in Sterling Silver French earwires or posts.
2 inch high, 1/4 inch wide.