In March of 2022, we were invited to visit a friend on Saltspring Island and stay overnight. We had a great time catching up after not seeing each other for a few years. During our adventure, our friend suggested we go to Burgoyne Bay (Xwaagw'um) to hunt for things to imprint. This Regional Park is one of the largest blocks of protected areas in the Gulf Islands and has incredible views of Burgoyne Bay, Mount Maxwell and Bayne. Walking along the beach, we saw seals playing in the shallow waters and a tremendous amount of tiny oyster shells. We spent some time shuffling through the broken shells to find the perfect one. We were so excited as we had been trying to find an oyster shell small enough to imprint with the right amount of texture for many years.
We would like to acknowledge that the Indigenous People have been at Burgoyne Valley for thousands of years. Burgoyne Bay contains 11 documented archaeological sites and many other sites of spiritual and cultural significance connected to the creation story of the Hul’qumi’num people.
Seashell size approximately 2.5 cm x 1.5 cm
The chain is Sterling Silver and 60 cm (24") long
Please note - this item is handmade and the measurement may vary slightly.
The charm is Fine Silver (99% Silver)
The chain is nickel-free Sterling Silver