I’m starting a (hopefully) weekly feature on a stone or process that I use in my jewelry making!
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, kitchen store, nature – I LOVE orange.
I use mostly Orange Spiny Oyster, but also have some Purple Spiny Oyster Shell.
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.
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.