This jewelry set features a focal piece and matching earrings prominently feature now-discontinued Swarovski Sew-On Volcano Crystaks, surrounded by Czech 9/0 3-cut Beads, including 24k gold-plated beads. Both the medallion and the earrings are backed with brain-tanned buckskin. Earrings are connected to French hooks with Swarovski Bicone Beads. Earrings measure approximately 2” in length and 1 ½” at the widest point.
The necklace portion features Swarovski Pearls and Bicone Beads strung on jewelry wire with a lobster clasp. Necklace connects to medallion with lobster clasps, so the necklace can be worn alone or attached to other beadwork. Necklace is 26” long with an additional 6 ½” of chain for adjusted length.
Handmade in Anishinaabewaki by A. Ellie Mitchell.
About the Artist
A Ellie Mitchell (Eagle Clan) is an enrolled member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. One of her earliest memories is of her mother selling dreamcatchers and beaded earrings at a powwow in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ellie began learning beadwork from her mother at the age of seven. By nine, she was selling art to her classmates and teachers. Ellie attended the Saginaw Chippewa Academy for elementary and middle school, where she received instruction from numerous Anishinaabe artists. Ellie is the owner of Bead & Powwow Supply. She dances jingle and women’s traditional at powwows (depending on the heat and her mood) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Ziiibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture & Lifeways. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Michigan State University and is working on a Master of Arts in Humanities from Central Michigan University.