Spiny Oyster Fetish


I bought the Spiny Oyster Shell beads in a bead shop on Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico during a road trip across the country in 2019. Spiny Oyster shell is apparently harvested from the Sea of Cortez, shipped to China for processing into beads, and sent back to New Mexico for local jewelry designers. I looked for an existing pendant to hang on them (for almost 2 years) and finally decided I should just make one specifically for these beads. Traditionally, these beads are combined with silver and turquoise Native American jewelry. Instead, I decided to make a turquoise-colored, enamel-on-copper, fetish object to accompany the beads (plus copper wire). His name is Omar. The beads are actually even brighter and more colorful than they appear here.

The necklace has a total length of 17 inches, almost choker length (depending on neck size), the pendant being approx. 1-1/4 x 1-1/2 inches. Strung on super-strong steel cable with custom Bronze clasp. Behind the pendant, a few tiny Carnelian beads peek out.


HTML Comment Box is loading comments...