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Spiny Oyster Jewelry

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The Spiny Oyster gemstone is actually the colorful shell that comes from the oyster species "Spondylus varius" also known as the Spiny Oyster or Thorny Oyster.  "Spondylus" is Latin for "spines on its back.  As the name implies, Spiny Oysters are covered with menacing spines.  Spiny Oyster shell beads are unique, beautiful, and also difficult-to-harvest.

Spiny oyster's can be found around the world typically along the coasts of North Carolina all the way down to the waters near Brazil, also in the Sea of Cortez, and off the coast of Baja Mexico and Baja California.  The shells of the Spiny Oyster are rare finds and are especially treasured by Native American Indian artists for their beautiful red, pink, brown, yellow, orange, purple, and white colors.  It is very rare to have purely Yellow Spiny Oyster beads.

Spiny oyster necklaces and bracelets are often crafted with graduated beads.  Graduated means that the spiny oyster bead is rolled, either my machine or by hand, to give it a rounded-edge.  The color continuity of the spiny oyster beads across the length of the jewelry strand is a sign of the artists personal choice of beads.

The shells of the spiny oyster blend well with turquoise and have been used for adornment since ancient times by Native American Indians.  Jewelry collectors know spiny oyster shells as extremely beautiful organic gemstones.  The unique color of each spiny oyster shell piece will accent any attire, while the texture and shape of each piece is unique.  Spiny Oyster jewelry will certainly be a beautiful addition to your wardrobe.


Navajo Graduated Spiny Oyster Shell & Silver Necklace

Navajo Turquoise Spiny Oyster & Silver Bead Necklace By James Hood

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