Item: 121C


Caribou Antler Pendant

Sterling Silver Necklace, Mahogany Obsidian, 1 1/8" x 1/2", 18" Adjustable Chain

As if discovered on some remote river's edge in Alaska, these caribou antlers remind one of the majesties of North America's last great free-ranging herds. The box chain shimmers when the light hits the flat surfaces and the russet of the obsidian captures the tundra's fall foliage. There are many uses for caribou antler from tools used by the indigenous people of Alaska to beautiful artwork. This sterling silver necklace design changes with distance; up close you see the antler design, a little further away it looks very lace-like.

I remember when I saw my first caribou. In the fall of 1972, newly arrived in Alaska, my daughter Darcie and I visited Denali State Park. At that time it was still called Mt. McKinley and we were allowed to drive into the park in our own vehicle. The tundra was an amazing collection of reds, greens, and yellows. We rounded a corner and there in the road were two caribou with the biggest racks I have ever seen. They were so calm and didn't blink when we passed within feet of them. Welcome to Alaska!

I love to design.  Wherever I walk, I am always looking for ways to capture the natural world in a piece of jewelry.  I owe my talent as an artist to my maternal grandfather, Erland Waastrom, a Swede who immigrated to this country in the early 20th century. My grandfather was a visual artist. He painted versions of old masters in oils and even recreated the Mona Lisa in pastels! He was also a sculptor and worked in various mediums, including metal and wood.  One time he carved a tree root, capturing the image of an embracing couple beneath a grape arbor.  I believe that I have carried his love of art and creativity forward through my design work.

-Adjustable chain length (up to 18")
-Matching earrings are available
-Easy-to-use lobster clasps
-Jump rings are soldered closed

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