Spiney Oyster Necklace

by Katie Kremer.
(USA- North Carolina)

Spiney Oyster Necklace - Evolution by Katie Kremer  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Spiney Oyster Necklace

I bought these Spiney Oyster discs a couple of years before I knew what to do with them!

Which is the case for most of my inventory… like a magpie, something catches my eye, I pluck (purchase) it and stash in my nest.

My taste for expensive stones required me to start generating some income, but I was terrified of selling my work directly to the public.

Etsy seemed the perfect solution.

Spiney Oyster Necklace - Evolution by Katie Kremer  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Spiney Oyster necklace detail

I tried to figure out how to use the Spiney Oyster disks, began looking at Native American necklaces that used them, which eventually led to my design.

I also incorporated various stones that this magpie already had on hand, such as the Chinese red coral discs.

I did purchase the red jasper beads for finishing as the holes of the moonshell and sea sponge heishi were too small for me to weave the excess wire through.

Just had my third Etsy sale, and it was this necklace! I’m happy, but also a little sad, too….

Katie Kremer
For Love of the Stone

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  • Rena Klingenberg says:

    I love the color, and using the graduated sizes of stones create eye appeal, Katie. I so understand how you feel about happy making the sale – but sad to see one of your “babies” go.

  • Denise says:

    Your necklace is gorgeous!! I love spiney oyster shell beads. I have both orange and purple just waiting for my creativity to reappear.

  • Michele Trappe says:

    Never seen this type of shell. Beautiful and very unique. I too am a magpie, lol, and have made many “one of a kind” items over the years because of it.

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