Spiny Oyster Shell

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, unhealthy kitchen store, 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

2 Responses to “Spiny Oyster Shell”

  1. Janice said...

    Thank you for a very interesting site. I have recently collected a bit of spiny orange oysters and wanted to know if you have any knowledge of how to take off the spines and sand down the oysters for a necklace?
    thanks

  2. Shelagh said...

    I haven’t had any raw material. It is beautiful & they say you can learn anything on Youtube! Good luck with them.