Early spring flowers are the surest sign that warmer weather is coming. Around here the daffodils and few hyacinths are adding touches of colors here and there…and I suppose if you can find some shelter from the winds and the salty air, the tulips will be here soon enough. It’s finally spring…and soon Outer Banks will be experienced by visitors, their arrival eagerly anticipated as well!
The colors seen in Spiny Oyster Shell have always reminded me of spring. Just like the vibrant spring blooms — spiny oyster shell is sought after for its brilliant colors and subtle striations resulting from the grooves that run along the surface of the shell.
Its rich merlot red is elegant and refined — a richness closely associated with true love. The purple, so often associated with royalty, is a perfect illustration of the gemstone’s ancient lore. And finally, its sunshiny orange — optimistic and hopeful, just like spring itself. And when you put them all together… their individual depth and opulence really come to life.
Spiny oyster shell and the classic jewelry showcasing its inherent beauty is frequently used in pieces crafted by Native American artisans. Also, because the colors of spiny oyster shell combine very well with turquoise its not unusual to find this gem utilized for embellishment. Much of the Native American made jewelry at Beach Treasures in Duck includes these gemstones – standing solo or combined into tiny mosaics… inlayed with meticulous artistry and silversmithing. Striations are accented by detailed sterling or patterns of inlay embellish dangling earrings, statement pendants, or bracelets boasting a kaleidoscope of color.
So here’s to spring – with longer days that make us feel a bit more animated and colorful inside and out. Add a pop of color to your own jewelry collection with the bold, rich, and bright colors of spiny oyster shell showcased here at Beach Treasures Online as well as in our shop, Beach Treasures in Duck located exclusively on the Town of Duck’s Boardwalk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.