Shell Enhances Prehistoric Shark Tooth Necklace!

Shell Enhances Shark Tooth!

Sometime prehistoric shark teeth can look a little bit lonesome. On my last visit to the Gulf side of Florida, I started picking up some nice shells on the beach. My mind started to wonde;r how could I incorporate these shells into my jewelry line Ocean Sands? Answers to questions may not always pop immediately into my head. After I returned home a thought came to mind. Why not nest a shark tooth inside the shell? In addition, why not cut the shell to allow the view to go through the back of the shell?

So I grabbed a couple of the “not-so-good” shells and headed over to the grinder to begin grinding away the back side of the shell. After a couple of attempts, I had a new addition to the shark tooth necklaces.

Shark tooth and sea shell necklace

Pectin Mollusk shell surrounding a prehistoric shark tooth with a quartz crystal accent. The pendant is on an 18 inch silver necklace.

Here’s a sample of an early design. By removing the back side of the shell, whatever the pendant is against will be seen. Whether it’s your neckline, top, or t-shirt, it will show through the necklace. These shells are similar to the shark teeth in that no two are the same. Each necklace design is unique. The odds of duplicating this piece are slim to almost NONE!

Add a pair of prehistoric shark tooth earrings and what a set! As of this post, I’ve made only seven necklaces of this shell style. I have more shells, so I will be adding more to the collection.

You’ll notice that some of the necklaces include one or more pearls to enhance the design in addition to the quartz crystal ships.

Below you will see the other necklaces in this style. They vary as to leather or chain necklaces and different lengths. The chains or leather lengths include 22″, 30″ and 34″ lengths. They should give you a different look to fit the style of your clothing and the look you want. I hope you like the new style. These pieces are all in the on-line store and available for purchase. Let me know how you like them and give me your thoughts or design suggestions!

Archeology – Learn About It

Archeology? Think about the adventures of Indiana Jones. How many of you recognize the name Jaques Cousteau?? In case you don’t, Jaques was a diver and environmentalist that dove all over the world and brought us some of the worlds first underwater video. So imagine if Jaques and Indiana had a brother? Good chance he might be an underwater archeologist.

People often ask me are there many wrecks in Lake Erie? That’s a big you betcha! Followed by; Can you see anything down there? I’ll be honest, some days the visibility is better than others. So anyway onto the topic at hand. I belong to the Maritime Archeology Survey Team (MAST). MAST members conduct surveys of the wrecks of Lake Erie. This means taking measurements of wreck features, their location and inventorying the items on the wreck. Remember Jaques and Indy? That’s a MAST Member.

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MAST routinely holds classes to teach divers the basics of underwater archeology. Got any guesses as to what might be coming up? That’s right, the Nautical Archaeology Workshop. Here you can learn the basics of ship design and construction, the legal aspect of artifacts, measuring and documenting findings.

The training involves listening to speakers on all aspects of ship wreck archeology, land based measurements and an in-water practice session this summer. Students must be at least 16 years of age.

By this time your thinking more, more, more info. No problem. You can check  the LINK to the MAST web site for class information and registration materials. Want more first hand information about wreck diving and underwater marine archeology – invite me out for coffee. Just joking, sort of, send me an email with questions. Maybe I’ll see you at the class.

Pieces, NEW For Ocean Sands!

Pieces, NEW For Ocean Sands!

Tom’s fingers have been poking away at the keyboard here at tom-szabo.com. At this point, the on-line store for Ocean Sands jewelry has the following categories:

  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Manatee Bone Necklaces
  • Shark Tooth Necklaces
  • Whale Bone Necklaces

There is inventory ready for sale in each category, that’s good for you. A great selection to choose from. Remember, these featured fossil materials date back to the Miocene and Pliocene era, about 2.5 million to 26 million years ago!

In preparing the store, some new concepts have been introduced. There are two necklaces with a sea shell ground to form a ring around a prehistoric shark tooth, suspended from pearls or a quartz crystal. If these may not be exactly what intrigues you, there are more shells in inventory. That means more variations will be on the way.

Featured in the Earrings section is the NEW tear-drop shaped Marquis wire. These new wires are 2 inches long. They provide a real long elegant look. Plans call for a 1 inch long Marquis Wire. That will allow for more and longer embellishment to the shark teeth used.

Of course these new and exciting pieces are for the near future. But don’t sit back and wait. Check out the current inventory so you don’t miss anything. I need to get back to the store. I’m looking at some nice sized Megalodon Teeth hanging from a rugged chain, They need to get put into the  store. You shouldn’t have to miss anything!

Ocean Sands Jewelry by Tom Szabo.

Ocean Sands Jewelry by Tom Szabo.

Earrings

Earrings

Starfish And Coffee – Welcome!

Starfish and Coffee is now a new retailer for the tom-szabo.com Ocean Sands line of jewelry located in downtown Painesville. Bethany Homrighaus the owner of Starfish And Coffee is very excited about her new location (the former Your Vine Or Mine) at 154 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio. Her main business is her line of jewelry and jewelry gems. Bethany also offers fabric creations, cards and other artworks. Oh yeah, you can order from an assortment of fresh ground coffees. So order a cup of hot coffee and snoop around the store. You can learn more about Starfish And Coffee at:

https://www.facebook.com/starfishandcoffeeshop/

The Ocean Sands line of jewelry is  based on the fossilized shark teeth (megalodon and others) and mammal bone dating back to the Miocene and Pliocene eras ranging from 2.5 to 25 million years ago. Tom Szabo recovers the materials from the gulf waters off Florida while scuba diving. He then cuts, grinds, polishes and mounts the creations, then offers them for sale.

Purses, jewelry and cards

Purses, jewelry and cards available for sale.

gems and minerals

Assortment of gems and minerals.

Scarves and purses

Colorful and unique fabric designs.

jewelry case

Unique gift items available.

Starfish and Coffee

Starfish And Coffee, 154 Main Street Paiensvillee, OH.

So please stop in at Starfish And Coffee for coffee and look over their interesting items offered for sale. Also, ask Bethany to show you her collection of Ocean Sands jewelry by tom-szabo.com. I’m sure she would like it if you bought one of them – chuckle, chuckle! Don’t forget to tell her how you heard about the store – Tom Szabo’s post.

 

NEWS: tom-szabo.com At Craftsmiths!

NEWS:

Jewelry Outlet Announcement

tom-szabo.com announces the Ocean Sands line of Jewelry is now available through CraftSmiths in Perry, Ohio. Artist Tom Szabo turns his hobbies into business opportunities. In addition, the photographer and scuba instructor has added jewelry to his portfolio of businesses.

Most noteworthy, pre-historic materials are the basis for Ocean Sands jewelry. These materials are pre-historic shark teeth, manatee and whale bone along with others. Because Tom is a scuba diver all of these materials Tom finds himself. While in his studio, he cuts, grinds, polishes and mounts his specimens to make unique jewelry creations.

So, CraftSmiths now has Ocean Sands necklaces, ankle bracelets and ear rings on display and available for purchase. While CraftSmiths is located at 3708 S. Ridge Rd., Perry OH, 4408, more information is available at www.craftsmiths3708.com.

Manatee Bone on Gold Necklace

4 Manatee Bone segments, 9.1 gm total fossil weight, On 18 in. gold color necklace. Item number: MB4-09.1-18G
Price: $49.95 + tax & shipping

Health Or Scuba – Which Came First?

Health is certainly an issue in scuba diving. As a scuba instructor, I’ve heard people claim they’re too old for the sport. I say you’re never too old. Yes you need to be healthy, but isn’t that important for life in general?

So what to do? First, assess your general overall health. Not strength but fitness and health. This has to do with the mental and physical aspects of the sport. Any scuba training requires the completion of a medical statement. This is a good opportuntity to evaluate yourself. Should you have a “Yes” answer to any question on the questionnaire, you need your physician to sign off on that issue. This is a good time to discuss your physical condition with your doctor. Let him any questions you have and help you understand the requirements of scuba diving.

In order to be successful in your training, you want to have a high level of comfort with your instructor or the dive center you’re using. Take your concerns to them, to better understand the sport and why certain physical or medical conditions are important and how to address them.

To give you some sense of diving and age, check out this article. It’s about Ray Wooley. He recently completed his personal challenge to complete 29 dives. Why 29? The number is the reverse of his age. Yes, Ray completed his challenge at 92 years of age. Now you really have to read the article don’t you!

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Earrings – Shark Teeth & Turquoise

Earrings

Fossilized Shark Tooth Pierced Earrings.

Fossilized Shark Tooth Pierced Earrings. Total shark tooth weight of 2.6 gms. with 8mm diameter Turquoise beads and silver wire. Price: $59.50 + tax.

Fossilized Shark Teeth Pierced Earrings are here! They delicately suspend 2.6 grams total weight shark teeth dating back as far as 25 million years ago. Tom Szabo finds shark teeth, whale bone, manatee bone and other fossilized bone and teeth while diving in the Gulf Of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He is a jeweler, photographer and scuba instructor.

An 8mm Turquoise bead compliments the charcoal colored teeth and silver plated wire. Tom designed and made this set by hand. Treat yourself or that special someone in your life with jewelry that are one-of-a-find. Because of the rarity of these shark teeth, there can never be a duplicate set. Another pair might be similar, but they will not be identical.

This pair can be yours for $59.50 plus handling and shipping. You can learn more by exploring the web site at: www.tom-szabo.com. Contact Tom directly for other jewelry items and custom pieces.

Underwater Archeology Site

Archeology

Diving archeologists have been working on a site in a Florida river. The results are helping to dispute that the Clovis group were the first humans to be in the area. The sire has exposed an ancient butchering site for Mastodons. To learn more, read on……

If your interested in underwater archeology, please check out the Maritime Archeological Survey Team (MAST). The group provide basic and advanced classes in underwater archeology. Specifically related to shipwrecks. Or contact Tom Szabo via this site’s Contact page.

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A diver records details for a MAST underwater archeology class.

Photography As Therapy!

Therapy – Ahhhhhh.

Photography as therapy?

Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you they started out as a “pitcher-taker”. After all the gear, classes, workshops and pulls of the shutter, they’ll tell you how now they now spend more time concentrating on creating their art. In fact, they may tell you how therapeutic their art is for them. You can’t worry about things in your life when you’re concentrating on creating something.

Chris Gambat explores this concept in his article: Photography as a Form of Personal Therapy. Give it a read. If you start to use photography to relax, maybe you’ll notice your work becoming creative art. That’s not a bad thing!

Anchor Winch

Anchor winch from 19th century vessel in 27 feet of water.

Scuba Diving In Key Largo, FL

Scuba Diving In Key Largo, FL

Scuba Diving In Key Largo, FL

In March of 2016, my wife Diane and I vacationed in Florida. What a great time to leave NE Ohio!

Out With The Old!

As a photographer, it’s important to use updated camera gear. So when it came time to consider updating my main studio camera body, I was faced with what to do with my camera and housing for my underwater photography? The plan was to upgrade my main camera body to a Canon 70D. My older Canon T3i would become my back up body. Problem: The T3i would not fit my current Ikelite Housing, urgh! I called my good friend and Ikelite rep, Dave Haas (Haas Images).

Dave’s suggestion: Sell both camera bodies (T3i & Xsi) and the Ikelite Housing. Then purchase the Canon 70D, Canon SL1 DSLRs and the housing for the Canon SL1. After evaluating the economics of all this, I made the decision to move forward. In addition, this needed to be done for my trip to Florida. This would be a good chance to try the equipment while diving.

Canon T3i DSLR camera body.

Canon T3i DSLR camera body.

XSi DSLR Body

Canon XSi DSLR Camera body.

Ikelite camera housing

Ikelite underwater housing for a Canon XSi DSLR camera body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problems With Poor Viz!

After arriving in Florida, the first dives were to search for more fossil material for my jewelry line. Diving off Venice, FL means diving the gulf side of Florida. As a result the water temperature was around 66 to 69 degrees and visibility ranged from 1 to 3 feet. Certainly do-able for fossil hunting. Not so great for photography.

After checking out of Siesta Key, we made the drive to Key Largo, FL. Diving conditions improved. Water temps were around 74 to 76 degrees and visibility ran 40 to 60 feet. After getting the new Canon SL1 set up in the housing, a trip to the pool was in order for some testing. Later, it was off to the dive boat. I only had time for 2 days of diving, so photography time was premium. You can see the results by checking out my images from Key Largo.

Anchor Winch

Anchor winch from 19th century vessel in 27 feet of water.

Your comments are welcomed!

Scuba Season Around the Corner!

Scuba Season Around the Corner!

Scuba – If you are a diver in Northeast Ohio and you’re looking for a dive buddy, let me know. My schedule permits for a flexible dive schedule, weekdays and weekends. A good place for local diving is Whitestar Quarry.

If you’re interested in diving Lake Erie, consider volunteering for MAST. Members perform archeological surveys of sunken ships. Have fun and help document our maritime history. Check out the MAST website for more information.

You can reach me at the following:

Tom Szabo

440-354-2535 (Office)

440-725-6504 (Cell)

Apex Predator - pacific reef shark. Scuba Dive

Apex Predator – pacific reef shark.

Lion Fish Inavade Atlantic Ocean

Almost every diver who’s been the the western Pacific Ocean will come home bragging they saw Lion Fish. They are a beautiful species! However, they’ve become a big problem in the Atlantic Ocean. Why? They are considered an invasive species. Lion Fish are very prolific. They can lay upwards of 30,000 eggs every 4 to 5 days.

Lion Fish live on the small reef fish and their numbers are dwindling. That means  the juvenile fish needed to maintain fish populations could be gone. The smaller reef fish eat algae which keeps coral healthy.

To help combat the problem divers have taken to spear fishing Lion Fish. In a lot of locations the season for them is wide open. In fact many restaurants welcome the fish for their menu.

Cayman Islands has announced this weekend will be a Lion Fish hunting weekend making a big event out of it. So if your in the Cayman Islands this weekend, get your spear ready, dive in and  go hunting.

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Lion Fish have hypodermic like venomous spines.

Scuba Diver Brave, Stupid Or Lucky.

Scuba Diver Touches Shark!

I caught this scuba diver article on my FB feed. The image was of a diver reaching out from a shark cage to touch the snout of a great white shark. Brave, Stupid or Lucky?

Apparently the cage was baited to attract the animal(s).  I tend to disagree with feeding as a way to attract animals – well except maybe birds. I’ve seen animals become very friendly with divers who feed them regularly. While this is cute, I’m not sure it’s geed for the animal.

Every critter in the food chain has a purpose. Maybe it’s population control, eliminating the sick or injured or keeping the environment clean. I believe associating humans with a food source is not in the animal’s interest. Anyway, read the article and check out the picture. Then give me your thoughts!

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Shark Feeding? Your thoughts. Image by Tom Szabo.

Scuba Divers + Underwater Gardens

Scuba Divers have begun to plant gardens underwater.

I suppose if certain aquatic plants will do well underwater, than why not vegetables. Using huge bubbles in 26 feet of water, they have started growing lettuce. The whole project has been going on for 3 years. Seeds and soil need to to be brought down in sealed containers. Scuba divers are able to work in the air filled bubbles without wearing a mask. You can read more in the full article.

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