Collection: Spiny Oyster Shell (Mexico)
The Mexican Orange Spiny Oyster shell, also known as Spondylus princeps, is found along the Pacific coast of Mexico, from Baja California to Ecuador. The shell has been used for centuries by the indigenous peoples of the region, including the Aztecs and the Maya, for various purposes such as jewelry, tools, and currency. The shell is also known for its beautiful orange-pink color, which has made it a sought-after material for decorative items.
The process of obtaining and preparing the shell for use in jewelry making is labor-intensive and cannot be mass-produced. The shells are hand-collected from the ocean floor, cleaned, and cut into small pieces to create the beads. The beads are then hand-polished and drilled to create the 1mm hole. Due to the intricate and time-consuming nature of this process, the Mexican Orange Spiny Oyster shell beads are considered a luxury item and are priced accordingly.
In addition to their beauty, the Spiny Oyster shell beads also have cultural and spiritual significance. In traditional Mexican culture, the shell is believed to bring good luck and prosperity. It is also said to represent the ancient Aztec goddess of fertility and earth, Tonantzin. In spiritual practices, the shell is used to promote healing, peace, and protection.