Zuni Rare Purple Spiny Oyster Shell Bracelet. This bracelet is handcrafted with a lovely, rare, shade of vivid purple Spiny Oyster and. The craftsmanship is traditional Zuni, with a row design. This is an item that will certainly be cherished and appreciated by anyone who loves handcrafted Navajo jewelry! 6.25 — (Including Gap) Please measure over wrist bones for best fit. Spiny Oyster shell, more formally called spondylus brodnip princeps or spondylus princeps, is found in the Sea of Cortez off Baja California, Mexico. Spondylus is a Latin word meaning spines on its back. Brodnip is the name of the scientist who traveled with Cortez on his exploration of Baja California. The shell comes in three main colors: red, orange and purple, and sometimes is found in white and yellow. It was used in jewelry before coral became available. It was the shell most loved by the Mayan people, and has been found in abundance in archeological excavations of the Anasazi, Mogollon and Hohokam of Southwest. In 1976, Native Americans of the Southwest began to export purple spiny oyster shells for jewelry making, popularizing their use abroad. This shell has natural pits and grooves that should not be mistaken for cracks or imperfections in the craftsmanship. With this in mind, for item(s) lost or damaged during transit, we cannot be held responsible. Your jewelry will arrive polished. For maintenance, please do not wear your jewelry while washing as the chemicals in the soap and water will degrade natural stones and could possibly loosen settings. We can always work out a solution. Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “Zuni Rare Purple Spiny Oyster Shell Bracelet” is in sale since Friday, August 23, 2019. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets”. The seller is “trailsendjewelers” and is located in Tucson, Arizona. This item can be shipped worldwide.
2019 End of Summer – We WILL Sell Out!! Happy end Summer to everyone, and a sincere thank you to all my customers for helping EZ-bay go from a “Zero to a Hero” in the Wampum World. I sell both the common white/tan beads and the highly sought after Purple Beads (drilled & tumble washed). The purple beads will be the ones to Sell Out first. I ONLY HAVE 10 STRANDS TO SELL. Thank you again to all who have made return visits and hope you get your fill before the supply runs out. We Are back with THE PURPLE! This wampum is approximately 4mm-8mm with a corresponding proportionate diameter requiring a small diameter needle/string. Please find these 50 bead purple and white strands tumbled and drilled for easy beautiful Jewelry making pieces. They are from a Native American Quahog shell used to make all sorts of high end earnings, bracelets, belts and necklaces. You can give them as completed jewelry pieces or give them as a group. One of the most prized and often used mollusks for wampum beads is the quahog clam (Mercenaria mercenaria). This clam, which lives in the coastal waters of the northeastern United States, has a distinctive shell that yields the purple beads. Most simply, wampum are beads made from various white and purple mollusk shells which were and are still used by various Native nations throughout northeastern North America for ornamental or ceremonial use. Wampum clearly had value though as a trade item between the various Native peoples before European contact. It was later after European settlement of America that wampum began to be used like currency. THE VIBRANT PURPLE & LAVENDER HUES SEEN HERE ARE QUITE RARE! The item “Wampum Beads 50 Piece Lot Drilled Native American Quahog Shell RARE PURPLE” is in sale since Thursday, August 15, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Beads & Beadwork”. The seller is “duanedakin2012″ and is located in Jeffersonville, Vermont. This item can be shipped worldwide.
Provenance: Ownership History Available
Tribal Affiliation: Elnu Abenaki
Modified Item: No
Featured Refinements: Native American Beadwork
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Origin: North East Coast United States
Color Gradient: Deep Purple, Lavender, Lilac, White