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Spirit of Santa Fe

BIL 413 Daniel Coriz Necklace w/ spiny oyster shell


Santa Domingo artist Daniel Coriz crafted this beautiful colorful  necklace. He uses mainly orange spiny oyster shell and varied sizes of turquoise, lapis and abalone to make his design. He even adds some carved accent shapes for interest. Set with sterling silver cones, hook and eye. This is a great example of his work.

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BIL 413 Daniel Coriz Necklace w/ spiny oyster shell Details


Spiny Oyster Shell (orange,  and reddish colors)

Living Spondylus shells are, indeed, very spiny, but the polished product looks very smooth the most used Spondylid Bivalve shell colors include orange, reds, and purples and may include distinct striations and color variations. One also finds pink, red, brown, yellow, orange, and white on the market. The Yellow Spiny Oyster’s especially rare. In the American Oceans, the Spondylids occur along the North American coasts, as far north as North Carolina, on the Atlantic Coast, and northwestern Mexico, on the Pacific Coast. It develops in waters to South America. The Orange Spiny Oyster occurs in shallow to moderately deep waters, where snorkelers and scuba divers readily harvest them. Purple Spiny Oysters grow in deeper water, making them more difficult to find and harvest.



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