- Materials: Sterling Silver 925 / Cast
- Gemstones: Abalone
- Measurements: 15/32" X 15/32"" (12mm X 12mm) / Abalone 5/16" X 5/16" (8mm X 8mm)
- Totem Symbols: Killer Whale
- Artists: Carrie Matilpi
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Earrings
Colour of Abalone may vary.
Killer Whales or Orcas symbolize love of all types, representing romance, loyalty and close ties between family and friends. It offers protection to travelers far from home, helping to guide your journey back. In myth the Orca is closely linked to humans; it is said that those lost at sea are transformed into these whales and have gone to live in a underwater village. Seen as the guardian of the ocean, the Orca is a strong spirit, which symbolizes longevity, resiliency and knowing that you are not alone.
Carrie was born in 1976, her tribes are Kwakiutl, Carrier and Cree. She started silver work in 1994 in an apprenticeship under her father Charles Harper who had been apprenticed under great Lloyd Wadhams in the mid 1970’s. The other major influences of Carrie’s native designs are from her uncles, they are Douglas and Glen Harper, Dennis and George Matilpi, all of them are well known for their wood carvings and jewelry engraving.
Carrie creates intricate and delicate pieces, mainly in silver, drawing inspiration from the traditional animals of her nations.