If you are anything like me, you probably are not familiar with gem dinosaur bone or dinosaur bone jewelry . My experience with dinosaur bone began last year when I discovered it on Ebay. We decided to try inlaying dinosaur bone in our sterling silver jewelry and it was a big hit. The dinosaur bone we use in our jewelry is usually referred to as “gembone”. It is actually not bone but is a combination of minerals that replaced the dinosaur bone over time. Dinosaur bone is found in a rainbow of colors with the webbing color and cell size varying greatly from piece to piece. The varying cell size and colors create some truly unique patterns and virtually one of a kind pieces of jewelry. The fossilized dinosaur bone can be composed of many different minerals including agate, jasper and calcite. The dinosaur bone color is determined by the combination of minerals present when the fossilized bone formed. Some colors are more rare than others with multicolor cells in a nice pattern being the most sought after. High quality dinosaur bone has a hardness of 6-7 on the Moh’s scale and takes a great polish for jewelry. Top grade gem dinosaur bone is eventually going to become impossible to get because, as you might have guessed, they aren’t making it any more. Now would be a great time to start your collection of dinosaur bone jewelry. We have many ring and pendant designs that feature dinosaur bone in several different color combinations. Visit our website and enter dinosaur bone in the quick search box and check out the jewelry available. http://www.shop.hilemansilverjewelry.com/main.sc
I also have posted a collection of photos of some of our pendants, rings and wedding ring sets inlaid with dinosaur bone on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hilemanjewelry/sets/72157624623420277/ .
I have been working with gem dinosaur bone (off and on) for 30 years. The pink womans ring is an exceptional piece that shows off the true majesty of this underrated material. Kudos to a master craftsman!!