Porcupine Quills have been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans to decorate various items such as the top of moccasins. They were frequently died using berries or tree bark to create eclectic tribal patterns. These earrings are not recommended for wear in rough situations, or around young children who may want to grab them simply because the quil itself, when left in it's hollow state rather than crushed down flat, can be fragile. These earrings will be long-lasting quite possible for decades or generations if worn in typical day-to-day situations. The preparation of the quills is time consuming including cleaning and clipping the sharp barb off. The results are stunning and unlike any other medium.