Red and Orange Spiny Oyster Shell Earrings Designed by David Rosales
These beautifully handmade Spiny Oyster Shell earrings were created by designer David Rosales.
Artist: David Rosales
Dimensions: 1/2" around
Materials: Sterling Silver and Spiny Oyster Shell
SPINY OYSTER SHELL
Spiny Oyster shell comes from the shell of the bivalve mollusk, Spondylus varius. The scientific name, Spondylus, means spines on its back.
The most commonly used colors include orange, red and purple, and may include distinct striations and color variations.
In the American oceans, the spiny oyster occur along the North American coasts, as far north as North Carolina on the Atlantic Coast, and northwestern Mexico on the Pacific Coast. The orange occurs in shallow to moderately deep waters, where snorkelers and scuba divers readily harvest them. Purple grow in deeper water, making them more difficult to find and harvest.
Cobblestone refers to pieces that are fitted perpendicular or angled to each other like you would see in a stone courtyard. Often cobblestone pieces vary in size and have beveled rather than rounded edges. You can easily see why this type is called cobblestone inlay if you’ve ever seen such a street in an old historic section of a US city or abroad. Besides cutting the stones so that they fit into an intricate pattern, the artist must also bevel each stone on every edge. This requires great skill, time and investment in materials. Typically, the stones will touch each other rather be set into channels.