Haida artist Ernest Swanson recently brought us an outstanding argillite pendant. Complete with detailed tentacles, abalone inlays and a sterling silver bezel-setting, this piece is a great example of Ern's recent work. This piece is unique because Ern has carved an Octopus figure out of argillite but has also engraved an Octopus figure on the back of the bezel. This piece is currently available for $2,400.00 CAD.
In 2009, Ernest graduated from the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program, which was held at Vancouver's Native Education College. In addition to jewellery and argillite, Ern also carves wood and has worked with his cousin, celebrated Haida carver Jim Hart.