Haida Argillite Jewelry from British Columbia
The Haida people are coastal people, living primarily in the western areas of the Pacific Northwest. Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia, is populated primarily by Haida people.
Carvings and carved jewelry made of Argillite is as authentic as you can get when it comes to collectibles from the land of the Haida people. The mine where this slate-like rock is found is owned by Haida, worked by the Haida and the Argillite is used only by Haida artisans. It is in a remote location in Haida Gwaii and not easily found. More on Argillite
Argillite Pendant by
Raven Catches the Light
This beautifully carved pendant measures 2 inches long and 1 and 1/8 inches wide. It has a metal bail. There are two inset pieces of abalone... one as the eye and the other in the light. The light, as the sun, is carved in detail as well. The eyes just glow! This is a sturdy piece of argillite measuring 1/8 inch wide. Beautifully polished. It is signed on the back by the artist. "Myles Edgars Haida Raven"
Beautifully carved hummingbird pendant by Myles Edgars. The detail is amazing. You can see the feathers in the tail and wing and the little flower carved on the body. The glowing abalone eye and flower center add to the beauty of this piece. The hummingbird measures 2 and 1/8 inches long and 1 and 1/8 inch wide at the point where you see the head. Beautifully polished. Signed by the artist. "Myles Edgars Haida 2015"
Argillite Pendants by
These pendants were purchased from the village of Old Masset in Haida Gwaii where the artist, Myles Edgars, lives. Myles Edgars was born in 1958 in Queen Charlotte City on Haida Gwaii to Haida parents Jimmy and Minnie Edgars. He has been carving since he was 13 years old. He learned how to make his own tools from Richard Yeltatzie a young artist who died in a plane crash in 1974.
He used to babysit for his sister and her husband Steven Collison who was an artist at that time and who showed Myles how to carve and improve on his carvings as he completed each piece.
Myles has lived on Haida Gwaii all his life. He enjoys carving the black slate known as argillite and makes mostly pendant size pieces.
Salmon Pendant by Myles Edgars
with Abalone Eye
This beautifully carved pendant measures 2 and 1/8 inches long and 3/4 inch across at the widest point of the body. Beautiful inlaid piece of abalone for a glowing mysterious eye. Beautifully polished. It has a metal bail. It is signed on the back by the artist. "Myles Edgars Haida"
Haida Wolf Pendant
Beautiful wolf pendant by with a glowing inset abalone eye.
This beautifully carved pendant measures a little over 1 and 3/4 inches in diameter. Beautifully polished.
Signed on the back by the artist.