Spiny Oyster Shell Cuff | Aaron Toadlena

SKU: SVLAAB0033/22
Regular price $1,188.00
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Size: 5 1/2

Width: 1 5/8"


Immerse yourself in color and one of a kind artistry! Crafted by expert Navajo jeweler, Aaron Toadlena, this stunning cuff features orange spiny oyster shell stones and stamped sterling silver. Silver drops nestle between hearts, and squares that surround a center-stone infused with the variegated colors spiny oyster shells are known for. Toadlena's masterful silversmithing stands in subtle, yet elegant, ways throughout this piece; it is truly a cuff for anyone with an appreciation for craftsmanship and beauty.

 

Found in the warm waters, spiny oyster shells come from bivalve mollusks known for their bright purple, orange, red, brown, and pink colors. The ‘spiny’ in their name refers to the ridges along the shells. Spiny oyster shells have been important elements of Native American jewelry for centuries. People in South America have also prized spiny oyster shells and incorporated them into jewelry, pottery, ceremonial objects, and other works of art. Spiny oyster has been found in burial sites from 6000 BCE. Collecting shells requires diving skills or special equipment, and high-quality shells are rare, which makes spiny oyster shells even more precious.

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