These sterling silver and purple spiny oyster earrings were created by Navajo silversmith, Selina Warner, step-daughter of famous Navajo silversmith Harry Morgan (d), daughter of Betty Joe and wife of Greg Pat. Selena learned silversmithing from her father-in-law and master jeweler, Harry Morgan. She has applied his methods of silversmithing to her work. Her jewelry is colorful and unique!
The earrings measure 1-3/4 inch long and weigh 5.4 grams each. The brushed silver disk has a butterfly stamped into it. Brand new and in perfect condition. Hallmarked by the artist. Certificate of Authenticity included and gift box included.
A matching purple spiny oyster pendant is also available (sold separately). See third photo.
Spiny oyster, otherwise known as spondylus, is a large family of mollusks. They are sometimes also known as "thorny oysters". Despite its name, the Spiny Oyster is more closely related to the scallop than to the true oyster. As one of the main staples of the Native American jewelry community, these shells are treasured by artisans for their various colors. The reason for their vibrant coloration is because of the oyster's different diets of seaweed and other types of plankton. For this this reason, colors tend to differ from region to region. Spiny Oyster Shells are commonly found in the Sea of Cortez, or off the coast Baja California.