This is a spectacular pendant that features a spiny oyster turquoise gemstone and a lapis lazuli gemstone. This piece is very comfortable and easy to wear. This is a perfect all-day necklace. You can dress it up or down. The gemstones are set in .925 Sterling silver with a 36 inch sterling silver chain. Each piece I create is made from start to finish with a creative and artistic soul in mind!!
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Spiny Oyster & Lapis Pendant
Historians believe the link between humans and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years. The gem was treasured by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. They valued it for its vivid, exquisite color, and prized it as much as they prized other blue gems like sapphire and turquoise.
Badakshan, a province in present-day Afghanistan, is a forbidding wasteland of mountains, bare of any vegetation. The sheer mountain faces rise as high as 17,000 feet, and are scored with treacherous ravines. Humans make their way there to seek one thing only: the azure treasure that is fine lapis lazuli.
The material called, “Spiny Oyster,” used by Native American artists to make inlays and fine jewelry. Scientifically called Spondylus, spiny oysters are members of a super-family that includes scallops. While they are not, in fact, true oysters, Spiny oysters also have the same physical attributes as oysters, with two-part shells that are hinged together with a ball and socket design; their singular characteristic is their sharp, pointy outer shells, covered in spikes. To the common man, these incredible creatures are known as thorny oysters, or more commonly, spiny oysters. They are found primarily in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez, off the coast of Baja California.