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Orange Spiny Oyster
Sterling Silver Pendant and Earrings Set

HK Item #BBS123

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Bargain Barn Orange Spiny Oyster Pendant and Earrings Set

  • sterling silver, orange spiny oyster, jet
  • pendant is 2 1/8" long including bail
  • 1/4" bail opening
  • post earrings 1" long

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Orange Spiny Oyster
Sterling Silver Pendant and Earrings Set

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Paula says - "When we get estate lots in, there are often interesting but non Native-America-made items mixed in. I gather those in a box and when the box gets too heavy for me to lift, I start sorting."

Bargain Barn Orange Spiny Oyster Pendant and Earrings Set

What is Spiny Oyster?

Spiny oyster, not surprisingly, is an oyster that is covered with spines. Like coral or mother-of-pearl, the shell of spiny oyster is considered an organic gemstone. The portion of the shell used to make jewelry is aragonite, which consists of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Aragonite has the same chemical formula as calcite. Spiny oysters are found along the Atlantic coast of Baja California and Baja Mexico. Common colors vary from orange, found in shallow waters, to red and purple from deeper waters. The shell is also found in white, yellow, pink and brown. Polished shell has definite striations and color variation. Red spiny oyster has been used as a subsititute for coral.

What is the Bargain Barn?

The items in the Bargain Barn are a mixed bag, new and used, some with materials, date and origin unknown.
Some pieces might be Native American made but since we can't authenticate them,
we've put them here rather than in our Vintage Shop.

For vintage items visit our Vintage Shop.

For new items visit our New Jewelry Store.

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

We are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

Items that are not Native American made or that we cannot verify as such go into our Bargain Barn where you can find some real treasures at low prices.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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