|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.
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
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