In celebration of the new “Becoming Minnesotan” web site at the Minnesota Historical Society, this week’s Item of the Day theme is the history of immigration in Minnesota and the experiences of contemporary immigrant populations.
Today’s item is a pair of traditional Hmong fine silver earrings ( > 92.5 % silver) made in a slip-on style. A “U” shaped loop slips over the ear and has a tiny spiral in the back and a silver cone with a beaded base in the front. Suspended freely from the “U” are seven spiral pendants that end in two flat arrowhead shapes. Earrings were made in Thailand by a Hmong refugee from Laos, a relative of May Yang, Saint Paul, Minnesota.