Spiny Shell Oyster Jewelry


The Andean individual utilized Spiny Oysteras legal tender during pre-Columbian period and nowadays most Native American Indians regularly use these Spiny Oyster shell for producing jewelry. In fact, the term “Spondylus” was derived from a Latin word, which means “spines along its back”.

Broderip was the specific name for the Scientist who took a journey with Cortez, especially whenBaja Californiawas explored and discovered. Moreover, the term “Princep” provided this shell when Cortez and obtained marine findings out from the king of Spainwho sponsored their expedition.

Today we have pearl necklaces and some have shells combined in the design

Then, the king’s spawn fell in love with that shell. So, theSpiny Oyster shell was also named in the honor of the Princess, as well. The Spiny Oyster bead is also characterized as a multi-colored shell that originated from the oyster species, which is referred as the “Spondylus Varius”.

It is also acknowledged as “Thorny or Spiny Oyster.Furthermore “Spondylus” is considered as Latin term for “spines on its back”. As the name highly give implies that Spiny Oysters are enclosed with intimidating spines. In fact, Spiny Oyster shell beads are also described as a distinctive, striking, and also difficult to mine, as well.

Spiny oyster’s can also be established all over the world usually along the seaside of North Carolina and all the way down through the waters of Brazil, Sea of Cortez, and along the coastline of Baja California and Mexico. Also, the Spiny Oysters are quite rare to find and highly-treasured by several Native American Indian artists.

Due to their attractive tones such as lilac, orange, pink, red, and brown, it is quite unusual for them to have a pure, yellow Spiny Oyster beads. Some of the spiny oyster bracelets and necklaces are often produced with modified beads. It simply means that the spiny oyster bead is rotated, either in hand or machine to provide a rounded-edge.

The color stability of the spiny oyster beads across the extent of the jewelry strand is an indication of some artist’s individual’s choices of beads. Also, the shells of these spiny oysters combine very well with turquoise and have been mostly utilized for embellishment, especially during ancient period by Native American Indians.

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