Tony Little Mustache hand crafts all drums using an elk hide and a wood frame. The hide is evenly stretched across and over the frame and laced on it with an intricate weave that also serves as the drum handle. Elk hides are carefully inspected for knife marks that affect the quality and longevity of the drum. The drums can be used as a hand drum or as an art piece. Painted drums have traditional Blackfoot designs and are sized as 12″, 14″, and 16″ diameters.
Ammonite is a beautiful ancient gemstone that was originally a shell for a squid like creature millions of years ago. As a fossil this ammonite shell creature is found all over the world. In Alberta near the Kainai or Blood Reservation ammonite is found in the river banks and found in quarries deep in the earth. Some pieces have been ground down, and others are uncut pieces still in natural form when first found in the earth.
The necklace has a metal wire bale piece, chain, and clasp. Only sterling silver and a vermeil gold which is 10 carat gold over sterling silver is used for the metal pieces.
This ammonite has a special iridescence that can reflect all the colours of the spectrum.The colours are very vibrant and are ever changing. Texture can be smooth or have a scaly look. Every piece is unique.
The earring hooks, clasps, and metal centre piece are either sterling silver or a vermeil gold which is 10 carat gold over sterling silver. Porcupine Quills are a traditional feature and used to be flattened, folded, sometimes coloured and sewn onto clothing and moccasins for decoration.
These jewellery sets can be separated with the earrings or necklace dressing up a simple shirt and jeans. Wear the entire set to complete the formal attire for a special evening event.