Jane Francisco, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Sixteen beautiful spiny oyster pieces set in corn row style.
Corn row is characterized by neat rows of stones having a raised profile and rounded eges. This technique is extremely attractive and it takes a talented stone worker to master it.
Complete with removable Anasazi Quartz watch with plain white face and expansion band.
$185 plus s/h
Paula says - "The term Watch Tips refers to the two Native American made decorative panels that connect the watch face to the expansion band."
1 1/8" long watch tips.
Corn Row or Cobblestone?
These techniques of setting stone against stone in a thick mosaic are related yet different. They are most often seen in Navajo stone work. Both methods require that each stone be rounded or beveled along its edges before being placed in the desired pattern.
Here is where the differences appear. Corn row refers to similar size pieces of stone set parallel, side by side in a neat row - the edges of each stone are usually rounded. Cobblestone refers to pieces that are fitted perpendicular or angled to each other like you'd see in a stone courtyard. Often cobblestone pieces vary in size and have beveled rather than rounded edges.
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.