Trinidad Necklace
Trinidad Necklace - Smoky quartz, spiny oyster shell, turquoise & Hill Tribe
Silver Charms and toggle
$78


Spiny oyster shell, more formally called spondylus brodnip princeps or
spondylus princeps, is found in the Sea of Cortez off Baja California, Mexico.
Spondylus is a Latin word meaning "spines on its back." Brodnip is the name
of the scientist who traveled with Cortez on his exploration of Baja California.
The shell comes in three main colors: red, orange and purple, and sometimes is
found in white and yellow. It was used in jewelry before coral became
available. It was the shell most loved by the Mayan people, and has been found
in abundance in archeological excavations of the Anasazi, Mogollon and
Hohokam of Southwest. In 1976, Native Americans of the Southwest began to
export purple spiny oyster shells for jewelry making, popularizing their use
abroad.
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