SPINY OYSTER, RED 16" rare ~4-8mm ocean sea shell rondelles spiney roundel rondel beads - designer quality
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Prod. Code: red-spiny-oyster-18"_4-8mm
Great colors in these rare Spiny Oyster rondelle beads - all handcut - genuine, natural & not dyed. Price is for a ~18" strand randomly selected from the very long strand, or lot, of this RARE color of oyster beads shown in the photo. I have several lots of these rare beads in a variety of red hues in case you light a brighter red versus a deep or darker red. These beads all have very little of their natural pitting which is common in oyster beads and many prefer these beads to have a lot of pitting and considered very desireable. Since monitors vary in what you see in color I take great care to at least make sure the colors I see on my monitors is what I see in the actual product. This picture is enlarged to show detail.
Spiny Oyster, Spondylus Princeps Broderip, is found in the Sea of Cortez Baja California Mexico. It appears in the lower Baja California Sur Mexico. It was discovered in 1976 and began to be exported for jewelry making use in the Southwest by Indian Crafts people. The shell comes in a variety of colors but mainly in shades of red, orange, and purple; sometimes yellow and white. Spondylus Calcifer commonly called Giant Pacific Rock Oyster is a purple that is found in water from 0-60 ft. After 60ft of water the white Spondylus appears and goes down to 90ft of water. After 90ft of water the reds and the oranges appear.
The name Spondylus is a Latin word that means spines on it's back. Broderip was the name of the Scientist who traveled with Cortez when Baja California was discovered and explored. The name Princep was given to this shell because when Cortez presented his marine discovers to the king of Spain, who financed his expedition, the kings daughter fell in love with the shell. Therefore, the shell was named the after the Princess.