What’s that purple stone?’
Wampum is made from one of the hardest and most beautiful shells in the world: the Northern Quahog, a clam found along the New England coast. The white and purple layers of the shell create the most beautiful patterns. Every single piece shows a unique and natural beauty. The name origins are from an Algonquin word [‘wampi’ = white]. Only a small percentage of Wampum-shells have deep layers of purple and are thick enough to make beads and jewelry-stones (cabochons).
It takes a long time to gather and sort available shells to accumulate a considerable amount of colorful, usable, thick, quality pieces.
Highly valued by East Coast Native tribes for centuries, the Wampum combines natural beauty with traditional Native philosophy.