Fashion on the Fringe

I’m starting a (hopefully) weekly feature on a stone or process that I use in my jewelry making!

Sterling Feather Pendant/Pin combo & matching feather earrings.

Sterling Feather Pendant/Pin combo & matching feather earrings.

Turquoise seemed to be too obvious for my post, shop since I just did one about fake turquoise a couple weeks ago.  I’d rather focus on a ‘stone’ I use that garners a lot of questions.  Spiny Oyster Shell.

Chunky Spiny Oyster Shell Discs finished with sterling silver beads & Buffalo Nickel Clasp

Chunky Spiny Oyster Shell Discs finished with sterling silver beads & Buffalo Nickel Clasp

I use mostly Orange Spiny Oyster, visit this but also have some Purple Spiny Oyster Shell.  I have a thing for orange & am drawn to it everywhere – clothing, page kitchen store, nature – I LOVE orange.

Sterling Pendant with rough Orange Spiny Oyster Shell.  Sterling ring with 3 rough Spiny Oyster pieces.

Sterling Pendant with rough Orange Spiny Oyster Shell. Sterling ring with 3 rough Spiny Oyster pieces.

A great website to check out about Spiny Oyster is spinyoyster.com,  gives a bit of history & some cool facts:

  • Spiny Oysters are covered with menacing spins on the outside of the shell.
  • Spiny Oyster is difficult to harvest.
  • You’ll find Spiny Oyster 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, ad off the coast of Baja, Mexico and Baja, California.
Orange Spiny Oyster Shell right out of the ocean.  naturalsciences.org

Orange Spiny Oyster Shell right out of the ocean. naturalsciences.org

 
I’m starting a (hopefully) weekly feature on a stone or process that I use in my jewelry making!

Sterling Feather Pendant/Pin combo & matching feather earrings.

Sterling Feather Pendant/Pin combo & matching feather earrings.

I’m choosing to focus on a ‘stone’ I use that garners a lot of questions when I’m at jewelry shows;  Spiny Oyster Shell.  I have a thing for orange & am drawn to it everywhere – clothing, discount kitchen store, medications nature – I LOVE orange.

Chunky Spiny Oyster Shell Discs finished with sterling silver beads & Buffalo Nickel Clasp

Chunky Spiny Oyster Shell Discs finished with sterling silver beads & Buffalo Nickel Clasp

I use mostly Orange Spiny Oyster, store but also have some Purple Spiny Oyster Shell.

Stamped Sterling Pendant with Purple Spiny Oyster Shell on matching beads

Stamped Sterling Pendant with Purple Spiny Oyster Shell on matching beads

A great website to check out about Spiny Oyster is spinyoyster.com,  gives a bit of history & some cool facts:

  • Spiny Oysters are covered with menacing spines on the outside of the shell.
  • Spiny Oyster is difficult to harvest.
  • You’ll find Spiny Oyster 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, ad off the coast of Baja, Mexico and Baja, California.
Orange Spiny Oyster Shell right out of the ocean.  naturalsciences.org

Orange Spiny Oyster Shell right out of the ocean. naturalsciences.org

They’re pieces that people want to touch & ask more about.  I love when folks feel comfortable enough to ask questions.  I’m always happy to answer & if I don’t know – google on my phone is a wonderful thing & we all learn something.

-s
I’m starting a (hopefully) weekly feature on a stone or process that I use in my jewelry making!

Sterling Feather Pendant/Pin combo & matching feather earrings.

Sterling Feather Pendant/Pin combo & matching feather earrings.

I’m choosing to focus on a ‘stone’ I use that garners a lot of questions when I’m at jewelry shows;  Spiny Oyster Shell.  I have a thing for orange & am drawn to it everywhere – clothing, sick kitchen store, this site nature – I LOVE orange.

Chunky Spiny Oyster Shell Discs finished with sterling silver beads & Buffalo Nickel Clasp

Chunky Spiny Oyster Shell Discs finished with sterling silver beads & Buffalo Nickel Clasp

I use mostly Orange Spiny Oyster, but also have some Purple Spiny Oyster Shell.

Stamped Sterling Pendant with Purple Spiny Oyster Shell on matching beads

Stamped Sterling Pendant with Purple Spiny Oyster Shell on matching beads

A great website to check out about Spiny Oyster is spiny-oyster.com,  gives a bit of history & some cool facts:

  • Spiny Oysters are covered with menacing spines on the outside of the shell.
  • Spiny Oyster is difficult to harvest.
  • You’ll find Spiny Oyster 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, ad off the coast of Baja, Mexico and Baja, California.
Orange Spiny Oyster Shell right out of the ocean.  naturalsciences.org

Orange Spiny Oyster Shell right out of the ocean. naturalsciences.org

They’re pieces that people want to touch & ask more about.  I love when folks feel comfortable enough to ask questions.  I’m always happy to answer & if I don’t know – google on my phone is a wonderful thing & we all learn something.

-s
I’m starting a (hopefully) weekly feature on a stone or process that I use in my jewelry making!

Sterling Feather Pendant/Pin combo & matching feather earrings.

Sterling Feather Pendant/Pin combo & matching feather earrings.

I’m choosing to focus on a ‘stone’ I use that garners a lot of questions when I’m at jewelry shows;  Spiny Oyster Shell.  I have a thing for orange & am drawn to it everywhere – clothing, recipe kitchen store, tadalafil nature – I LOVE orange.

Chunky Spiny Oyster Shell Discs finished with sterling silver beads & Buffalo Nickel Clasp

Chunky Spiny Oyster Shell Discs finished with sterling silver beads & Buffalo Nickel Clasp

I use mostly Orange Spiny Oyster, this but also have some Purple Spiny Oyster Shell.

Stamped Sterling Pendant with Purple Spiny Oyster Shell on matching beads

Stamped Sterling Pendant with Purple Spiny Oyster Shell on matching beads

A great website to check out about Spiny Oyster is spiny-oyster.com,  gives a bit of history & some cool facts:

  • Spiny Oysters are covered with menacing spines on the outside of the shell.
  • Spiny Oyster is difficult to harvest.
  • You’ll find Spiny Oyster 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, ad off the coast of Baja, Mexico and Baja, California.
Orange Spiny Oyster Shell right out of the ocean.  naturalsciences.org

Orange Spiny Oyster Shell right out of the ocean. naturalsciences.org

They’re pieces that people want to touch & ask more about.  I love when folks feel comfortable enough to ask questions.  I’m always happy to answer & if I don’t know – google on my phone is a wonderful thing & we all learn something.

-s
Fringe has long been associated with a Western look for years from fringe shirts & gloves right up to accessories & boots.  But fringe actually had a purpose in its early days.  Fringe was incorporated in buckskin coats;  the fringe acts as a wick and helps water drain off the coat. As rain falls, capsule it runs down the fringes and helps keep the garment from becoming saturated.

It is said that the fringes also were used as a bit of camouflage to confuse the eye while walking in the bush, buy more about   to alter the human shape wearing it.

Fringe is a hot fashion trend.  Check out this spread in Elle magazine for Spring 2014.  Some on this list are more ‘real-life wearable’ than others.  Here’s my orange problem popping up again.  This little beauty lives at Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

Ralph Lauren Flat Fringe Crossbody Bag, <a onclick=

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In the October 2010 issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine I had a couple pieces of jewelry in a fashion spread.  I completely forgot the serious fringe the model was wearing!

Cowboys & Indians Magazine October 2010

Cowboys & Indians Magazine October 2010

 

What about you love it or hate it?

-s

 

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