Vivaluminosa

I make hypoallergenic, nickel-free earrings crafted with features from healthy birds raised in humane environments during the natural molting process.

Q: Why can’t I purchase jewelry direct from this site?

A: In the near future I intend to integrate an online shop within this website, but currently my jewelry is sold online at etsy.com/shop/vivaluminosa and at at Turtle Island Art Treasures in Isleton, California–a hidden gem in a sea of big-box chain establishments. They specialize in Native American and contemporary art, rare books and lithographs, vinyl / records, vintage and contemporary jewelry.
While currently it is not possible to purchase items directly from this website, this page includes a gallery of available items to give an idea of my designs.

Q: Custom Orders:

A: If there is a particular pair or individual earring that you like but would prefer in a different color, length, or feather combination; or if you need a specific type of earring hook / clasp, the best way to discuss this is via consultation. To book a consultation please email me at vivaluminosa@gmail.com.

Q: Allergies/Irritation:

A: I use only the highest quality hypoallergenic and nickel-free earring hooks, but if you have any specific allergies or sensitizes to particular metals or alloys that could be present in the hooks I typically use we will discuss it in the consultation to assure you experience no irritation or discomfort.

Q: You’re not a Native American. Why do you sell your jewelry in stores that sell traditional Native American jewelry?

A: I do not belong to or associate with an American Indian tribe. That said, one of my grandmother’s passions is genealogy and her research has revealed I am 1/8 Sioux. That aside, I have sold my jewelry in stores that would be considered multicultural rather than strictly native in terms of the art, jewelry, and miscellaneous items. My jewelry is feather-centric, which is often associated with native people of the americas, but I do not market it as “native” jewelry or claim it to be associated with any particular cultural group. Rather, I would associate it with my imagination and draw from experiences I think of often. When I feel inspired I create, without feeling the supposed (and sometimes real) judgement of those who resent artistic expression that mimics something of a culture other than mine. I do have an anthropology degree, which has guided me in many directions and in theory gives me a better chance of doing research in the highlands of Ecuador or studying the consumer behavior of humans in New Mexico–but the greatest aspect of earning that degree is the catastrophic change I experienced when I was around 19, the change that altered my persecutive and led me to believe that using feathers to make jewelry doesn’t pin me as ignorant regarding the experience of native peoples in the Americas. On the other hand, I do not covet the presumption that my jewelry is “Native” or “Indian”. It’s jewelry I make, using feathers, in combinations that vary according to what inspires me at the time.

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