Spiny Oyster Center Stones Multi stone cuff bracelet
Pictured with 3 additional pieces from same artist, all have the picture hallmark of a lightening bolt arrow. Artist currently unknown and will update one identified.
Small stones are Lapis, Turquoise, White Buffalo, Yellow Spiny Oyster, malachite, and sudjalite.
Center stones are the Orange Spiny Oyster.
• Ranks 3.5 on the Mohs scale.
• Colors range from red to orange, or purple.
• Sourced from the Gulf of California, Mexico.
Spiny oyster shell is harvested from the Gulf of California. Otherwise known as the Sea of Cortez, this area of water exists between the Baja California Peninsula and Mexico's mainland. Its diversity of life is thought to be one of the largest known within the world.
Spiny Oyster is becoming rare due to their vast over-harvesting. This depletion of the shell has left some artisans to reworking spiny oyster jewelry from pre-existing pieces as a way to cope with the finite amounts of the beautiful source material left in the world. Due to the nature of their origin, jewelry from this particular stone is believed, by some cultures, to possess similar properties to the ocean, which they call home. Some believe these pieces to have a pure calming power, while others believe that they bring a sense of awareness and understanding.