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Orange Spiny Oyster
Orange Spiny Oyster
BBN67 - $150
Paula says - "To the best of my knowledge this necklace is made from block turquoise, orange spiny oyster discs, white clam shell rondelle beads and turquoise nuggets to finish off the ends."
Our Bargain Barn
is a mixed bag of new and used items. They might come from
inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. We'll
give you as much information as we can, but often the materials, date and origin
For vintage items visit our Vintage Shop.
For new items visit our New Jewelry Store.
The jewelry and artifacts in this collection were gathered by a man born in 1933 and who has been collecting for over 60 years. He has a great love of Native American people, their culture and customs and their art. Living and working most of his life in Texas, he has been particularly drawn to Lakota, Comanche, Apache, Pueblo, Navajo and Zuni pieces. We will be listing items from his collection over the next year, so keep an eye on the Newly Listed Items page.
What is block turquoise?
Block Turquoise is a manufactured material that is made to look like turquoise. It may be all polymer or it may have crushed or powdered turquoise or other stone mixed with resin or polymer. Block Turquoise sometimes has swirls or blobs of dark dye added to simulate the look of natural matrix. The value of block turquoise is that it is very stable, it will not change color or fracture as will natural turquoise. This enables the artist to use smaller beads for necklaces without the danger of them breaking. Jewelry made from block turquoise will look just as bright and beautiful years from now as from the day it was made. Natural turquoise, although beautiful, can deteriorate over time, losing color and stability. Most heishi and jacla necklaces use either block or stabilized turquoise for this reason. Read more about heishi here: All About Heishi.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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|A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|