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Deep Sea Saltwater Snook Fish Hand Carved Bone Necklace
CUSTOM and TRADITION
Snook (usually pronounced like "look", except to a few Southwestern Floridians who pronounce it "snuke"), robalo, sergeant fish, soap fish, linesider, saltwater pike, are all names used to refer to what we know as the common snook.
Found in central Florida and South Texas south, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings near shore. The snook spawns primarily in summer; cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60 degrees F for very long; can tolerate fresh or saltwater; schools along shore and in passes during spawning season; feeds on fish and crustaceans. Ancient Hawaiians believed that a bone necklace takes on part of the spirit of those who wear it. In this way, it becomes a spiritual link and should be handed down. The necklace becomes a spiritual link between people, spanning time and distance. A carving that has been worn by family members over many generations contains the spirit of all those people and is truly a great and powerful heirloom.
ISLAND FASHION TIP
Wearing the wrong length necklace with a particular neckline is probably the most common mistake people make when it comes to wearing jewelry. So... that's why we make this necklace adjustable.
THE BONE CARVING
Carving measures 24x64mm or approximately inch x 2 inches. This hand carved bone pendant is from the water buffalo, also known as the carabao. The bone we use is from the femur or large upper thigh bone, which is very dense with little marrow and cartilage. This makes for a better bone substance for carving and results in a higher quality product. The edges are smoothly rounded and the entire piece has a highly polished luster and feels good to the touch. The high density and fine grain of the bone is what gives it the ability to hold such high gloss polish. Over time, your bone pendant will "pick up" sebum, your body's natural oil. This will result in the pendant slowly taking on a slight soft honey golden hue. The more color it develops the more highly it is treasured. After a while your hook will reflect your body's distinctive signature, thus creating a one-of-a-kind necklace. This is one of the great beauties of bone crafted jewelry. Note: Live animals are not harmed in creating this carving.
THE CORD and CLASP
Bone snook comes on your choice of 2 adjustable soft cotton linen cords black or beige. Both adjust up to 28 inches. The adjustment on the beige cord is made with an oval white bone slider and 2 small round bone grips. The adjustment on the black cord is made with an oval black wood slider and 2 small round wood grips. To wear the necklace simply place the necklace over your head and then adjust the slider bead to the desired length. This makes for a perfect fit for any clothing style.
CARE and MAINTENANCE
The necklace is waterproof and can be worn swimming and at the beach. Rain and swimming will not harm the carving. Swimming with the pendant and then allowing it to dry rapidly in the sun is not good for the carving until it has been worn for 6 months against the skin. Avoid sudden or extreme temperature changes. To keep the shine on you carving slightly buff with a soft cloth once in awhile.