Traditionally Tasmanian Aboriginal People used several species of shells to make adornments but the mariner shell has always been the most prized shell for making necklaces. Today shells are collected in much the same way as our ancestors, modern methods has assisted in us in the preparation, we no longer have to use kangaroo sinew for stringing shells or a sharp eye tooth or bone of an animal to pierce a hole in the shells.
All the shells used are collected by the artist or her mother from the waters and beaches around Tasmania. Shells are collected during very low tides during the summer months.
The echidna is an endangered species found in Australia and New Guinea. The artist has a special permit from the Australian government to collect echidna quills to use in her jewelry.
The earwires and settings are sterling silver, and each pair features a mariner shell and an echidna quill. Each pair is handmade so exact color and length will vary slightly.