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Purple Spiny Oyster and Silver Bead Necklace
Item #45695
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This stunning Purple Spiny Oyster and Silver Bead Necklace is an extraordinary collaboration between multiple Navajo artisans. The disc-shaped “pearls” of purple spiny oyster of this Purple Spiny Oyster and Silver Bead Necklace intersperse benchmade beads of sterling silver. S-hook clasp is sterling silver. Handcrafted in the U.S.A. Naturally occurring spiny oyster shell variations and individually crafted silver beads assure this necklace is unique.
The beautiful, polished purple spiny oyster “pearls” interspersing this Purple Spiny Oyster and Silver Bead Necklace are fashioned from shells of unusual spiky bivalves, commonly known as spiny oysters. Found in the Gulf of California and along the Pacific coast, spiny oyster shells with their extravagant range of colors (purple to orange, red and yellow) have been used in Native American jewelry for centuries. Several of the hundreds of pieces of silver Navajo jewelry curated by our National Museum of the American Indian feature shell adornments.

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