This vintage spiny oyster necklace is quite uncommon in that it's made exclusively of discs made from this mollusk shell. It's also unusual in that the color of the spiny oyster is striated light red; the most common color is orange. It does have pinkish shells at the bottom, but the others going up the sides, and there are a lot, are that reddish color. Each of the thin discs is shaped by hand, which is pretty amazing to think of when you consider how many are in the necklace. The piece is circa 1970s to 1980s, finished off with hook and eye, and a silver rosette bead on each end. This was probably made for a man, to fit choker length, as was the style back then. I remember I took my brother's shell choker and made it my own when I was about 14yo! The piece offered here is valuable as spiny oyster has been over harvested and is expensive to buy today.
The necklace measures just over 18-1/2" from shell to shell and just under 20" eye to hook. Weighs 73g. Strung on wire, which is not the most flexible material but likely used due to the weight of this many shells.
Beautiful and uncommon artistry.
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