Edmonton-made aboriginal jewelry showcased on APTN's Blackstone
Sarah and Chrystal Buffalo started making Plains Cree-style necklaces and earrings nine years ago
The hand-crafted jewelry made by a mother and daughter in Edmonton is reaching a global audience on APTN’s Blackstone.
Characters on the gritty drama’s fourth season wear necklaces and bracelets made by Sparkling Buffalo, the family business run by Sarah Buffalo and her mother Chrystal.
The pair started making Plains Cree-style necklaces and earrings nine years ago as a hobby.
Since then, the demand for their shell, bone and gemstone creations has grown into a thriving home business that keeps them busy touring festivals and powwows – but the women never expected to reach the level of exposure Blackstone has given them.
“Just the thrill of watching these people wearing our jewelry – it was indescribable. It was like we'd won the lottery,” said Chrystal Buffalo.
“This is really amazing because I know they play not just in Canada, but across the world – and we're able to reach those people now,” added her daughter.
Now, the jewellers say they hope their success inspires others.
“My hopes are to show a more positive representation of First Nations people in the media, to show our culture and to share that – because it's really beautiful and you don't always get to see that side of it,” Sarah Buffalo said.
This sentiment is echoed by Prairie Dog Film + Television, the show’s producers, who say they're pleased to team up with aboriginal entrepreneurs.
As for Sparkling Buffalo, the mother-daughter team hopes to open a gallery or store in the future, but for now, will continue working from home.