Mendenhall Glacier Silt Mini Glass Bottle Charm Necklace // Alaskan Jewelry
Love Alaska? Love glaciers?
Wear a piece of the Mendenhall Glacier close to your heart with this mini glass bottle charm that has been copper electroformed into a pendent and filled with real Mendenhall Glacier silt that I collected from the glacier myself.
This mini glass bottle charm comes on a 18” silver plated chain and the cork has been permanently sealed so you don’t have to worry about losing your precious glacier silt. The copper on this pendent has been given a patina after the electroform process to achieve a darker antiqued feel.
Mendenhall Glacier is located in Juneau, Alaska, and is one of the 38 glaciers that flow from the Juneau Icefield. The ice travels 13 miles from the icefield to where the glacier empties into Mendenhall Lake. Mendenhall Glacier ice may be constantly moving down the valley, but unfortunately this glacier is receding at an alarming rate.
Glacier silt is collected and used in a variety of ways, from exfoliating soap and facial masks to jewelry like I have created.
What is glacier silt?
Glacier silt originates as rocks and boulders from mountainous valleys. As it snows on the ice field, the weight of the snow compacts into dense, heavy ice and gravity forces that giant river of ice (the glacier) down those mountainous valleys. As the glacier ice slowly makes its way down, the dense ice scrapes along side the valley walls, picking up rocks and boulders and dirt along the way. After taking hundreds of years to travel down the valley, those boulders and rocks get crushed and tilled up into a fine, soft ‘silt’.
I collected this glacier silt by hiking the strenuous but beautiful 6.5 mile out-and-back trail that leads to the face of the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier. Once reaching the glacier, the silt is plentiful!
I love Alaska and glaciers with all my heart, and adding this silt into my wearable art is one way I can share a piece of my Alaskan home with the world.
♡ Made with love and good vibes in Juneau, Alaska.
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