Jewelry – From The Sea!
Jewelry – why?
It’s truly amazing where life takes us. A few years ago on one of my trips to Florida, I dove with Mike Konecnik of Aquanutz Scuba Dive Charters out of Venice, Florida. Mike took us to his personal collection of dive sites to hunt for Megaladon Shark teeth. I was hooked! Along with Megalodon teeth, I began finding fossilized horse teeth, whale bone, dugong (manatee) bone and other fossilized material.
These dives take place in about 30 feet of water. This is considered shallow water as compared to 80, 100 and 120 feet. These shallow 30 foot dives also extend your bottom time. If you’re an easy breather and don’t kick real hard, you can get 50, 60, 70, even 90 minutes of dive time on a singe tank of air. That gives a diver plenty of time to search the bottom for fossils.
It also takes time to “learn the bottom”. Megalodon teeth can hide in the clay below the sand layer or protrude from the sand. Their visibility depends on how the bottom has been stirred shifted. Since these teeth have been laying in the ground under 30 feet of water for 2-1/2 to 26 million years (yes you read that correctly), they may be crusted with corals. That crusting also helps hide them. So you depend on seeing the tooth shape under the sand, perhaps an edge or corner protrude from the sand or a hint of black. When you do see any of these signs, you stop, take a second look. If you think you’ve found a tooth, you do a little “fanning” with your hand to reveal a tooth – if you’re lucky.
So the more diving I did with Mike, the more material I collected. As more and more material accumulated, a hair-brained idea came about – Jewelry. With the addition of some pricey and not so pricey equipment, some trial and error, a new product emerged, Ocean Sands Jewelry. The teeth and bone get cleaned. The bone gets cut, ground and polished. afterwards I mount the pieces so they can be turned into necklaces, bracelets or earrings. My jewelry and I were featured on the local Fox 8 show “New Day Cleveland”. You’re welcome to see the short program showing me and the jewelry making process.
I realize Ocean sands is certainly not like diamond jewelry. It’s not for everybody. But – It’s different and works well with summer party and beach clothing. Parents love to buy them for their kids. They make great pieces to take along on vacation. Don’t worry about them getting wet in fresh or salt water! You’re welcome to navigate over to the store to shop. You can order all you want – LOL. Let me open the door for you to the on line STORE.
As always, if you have any questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly using the “Contact” page. Happy shopping!!