Original black stone carvings, made of natural Haida Gwaii Argillite. These symbol inspirational pendants are designed to present their meaning, others are just fantasy creations by Gabriella (SaGa). Traditional hand carvings with basic hand tools are polished to a satin shine. The setting is either wire-wrapped or twist cap created hanger, with a sterling silver 21 gauge jewelry wire, or 20 gauge pure copper. All pendants come with a silver plated 20″ x 1.5 mm snake chain or a black leather 2 mm necklace.
These pendants suit to wear for both sexes, and I can personalize them by carving engraving name initials, or a short message, whatever fits on the backside for free of charge.
These Argillite black stone carvings tend to dry, the more you touch and rub it the shinier it gets. If stored on the shelf for a longer period, use a few drops of olive oil to keep the stone fresh and wet-looking.
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Multiplied necklaces combined, only one shipping charge applies.
A limited quantity of raw Argillite is still in stock. Your special design custom carving design is available, usually made in a few days.
1. Fish hook 52.9 x 33.8 x 8.5 mm 100.75 ct. $44.00 SOLD
2. Feather small 43.1 x 20.6 x 5.5 mm 32.20 ct. $37.00
3. Raven 43.8 x 23.8 x 5.4 mm 45.70 ct. Sold
4. Wing 53.1 x 23.2 x 8.7 mm 71.30 ct. $38.00
5. Feather medium 53.4 x 22.3 x 3.8 mm 34.35 ct. $38.00
6. Totem design 56.4 x 24.1 x 7.7 mm 112.80 ct. $48.00
7. Feather large 65.1 x 22.7 x 6.9 mm 78.30 ct. SOLD
8. Fantasy 1 47.1 x 24.7 x 8.4 mm 72.20 ct. $40.00
9. Trinity knot 31.5 x 28.6 x 7.5 mm 44.05 ct. $37.00
10. Orca tail 39.9 x 23.8 x 7.1 mm 37.55 ct. $35.00
11. Fantasy 2 33.1 x 17.1 x 6.9 mm 22.40 ct. $35.00
12. Half moon 34.5 x 9.7 x 7.8 mm 23.80 ct. $33.00
Argillite is a lithified clay and mud, that under the earth’s heat and pressure indurated to sedimentary rock over a 70 million years period. It’s a very fine-grained black-gray color, and has a hardness of 3, on a scale of 1-10.
It belongs to the Slate family, however, Argillite contains variable, typically high amounts, of aluminum and silica that solidified this compounded stone, also responsible to achieve black shiny surface polishes.
Where is Argillite found?
Argillite is a sedimentary stone, which means, it is built up particle by particle over time, most often washed out than settled by ancient oceans. Found many places on earth in a variety of components. Known also by the name as mudstone, or pipestone. A variant of this stone is considered the basement stone of the islands of New Zealand.
What makes the Haida Argillite unique?
The Haida Argillite has a longer history than previously thought. The main component of this stone is classified as Kaolin instead of clay, that built of smaller crystals and makes it much smoother by touch. The latest archaeological research shows that carved and polished Argillite was used by the local native tribes for utilitarian purposes before the arrival of the Europeans, who introduced tobacco smoking when pipe carving began.
In the early 19th century Canada banned the sea otter fur trade, Argillite was given to the Haida nation solely as a means of economic prosperity. Until recent changes, no raw Argillite was allowed to take, only if carved by a local artisan.
These days, however, more and more raw stone appears in the local markets, for the pleasure of carvers and collectors.
The source of Argillite’s exact location is a heavily guarded secret, on Graham’s Island. It’s still quarried with basic hand tools and only the amount that an able-bodied person can carry is allowed to take out at the time.