Do We Really Use Dinosaur Bones?

Dinosaur Bone JewelryMost of us know a little about the history and extinction of dinosaurs, but not as many people know that dinosaur fossils are still found all over the world. The survival of dinosaur bones lets us know that in order to have survived the 65,000,000 to 230,000,000 year span of time, they would have to be petrified.

Oxygen is what causes decay of animal bones once the animal is deceased. For these dinosaur bones to have been petrified, instead of becoming dust in the wind, scientists conclude they must have been covered after the dinosaur’s death by volcanic ash, lava, or mud and clay produced by floods and landslides on the planet. Once the bones were covered and had no access to oxygen, they were able to fossilize into what we see today.

What is Agatized Bone?

Agatized bone is fossilized dinosaur bone, found in rare forms. When the calcite in dinosaur bones is naturally replaced with silica-type compounds, which you would recognize as jasper, opal, or agate stone, it is considered “agatized bone”. This natural process can occur in circumstances when strata layers in a mountain become flooded with silica-rich ground water. The intrusion of the groundwater eventually causes the calcite in the bones to be replaced with this silica-rich substance.

Color

Hematite, usually formed through iron oxidation, is one of the properties that give the dinosaur bones its various hues.

Red dinosaur bone ring in stainless steel by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

Red dinosaur bone ring in stainless steel by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

Depending on the amount of hematite that enters the bone, the colors can be subtle or extremely intense. Red, pink, orange, rust, and yellow are a few of the most common colors caused by hematite intrusion. Pure silica creates a brilliant white bone color, while organic carbon or pyrite, which is most abundant, will produce black bones.

Beautiful purples and blues are produced by manganese dioxide. Water can leach manganese from igneous rock forms. As this water is re-deposited, it turns into manganese dioxide, also responsible for coatings and the coloring of many rocks and crystals.

Because of all the varied natural processes, agatized dinosaur bones contain all the metaphysical properties of the original fossils, but also contain unique properties of their own.

Attributes

Besides produced by nature in beautiful colors and textures, dinosaur bones are said to have properties of vibrancy and well-being. They are touted to help increase mental and physical energy by the wearer. Dinosaur bone has been used throughout the years to calm irrational fears and to lessen anxiety.

Much of what is naturally produced by the Earth is useful to us in many ways. What we do know is that the processes that gives us the gift of agatized dinosaur bone have created a unique, durable, and beautiful substance from which we can create wearable art.

See our dinosaur bone jewelry at HilemanSilverJewelry.com or DinosaurBoneRings.jewelry.

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New Pink Dinosaur Bone Ring!

Dinosaur bone ring or wedding ring in sterling silver by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

Pink dinosaur bone ring with white sapphire center stone by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

 

We just completed our first ring with some of the pink dinosaur bone we acquired a few months back.  This dinosaur bone is a little more subtle than the red or the gray in some of our other dinosaur bone ring designs.  The new pink dinosaur bone has more pastel pink with some darker mauve spots all surrounded by brownish gray cell walls.  The softer colors give this woman’s ring a more feminine feel and don’t overpower the center stone.  This ring would make a nice alternative wedding ring or engagement ring for someone looking for a unique alternative to a diamond band.  We can create a  matching 4.5mm dinosaur bone wedding band to complete the matching bridal ring set.  We can also inlay this new pink dinosaur bone into any of our other ring or jewelry designs by special order.  See the video of this ring on YouTube!

Dinosaur bone ring in sterling silver.

Pink dinosaur bone ring with white sapphire in sterling silver.

The pink dinosaur bone in this ring came from the Morrison Formation in Utah and was a living animal during the Jurassic Period around 144 to 208 million years ago. It is actually no longer bone material but is a combination of minerals that replaced the 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. Fossilized dinosaur bone can be composed of many different minerals including agate, jasper and calcite.  The color of the dinosaur bone is determined by the combination of minerals present when the fossilized bone formed.

You can see this new dinosaur bone ring and others in our Etsy shop or on www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com.

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John Hileman

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New Dinosaur Bone Ring with Black Diamonds and Black Onyx Accents

Man's sterling silver handmade ring with black diamonds, dinosaur bone inlay and black onyx inlay.

Man’s sterling silver handmade ring with black diamonds, dinosaur bone inlay and black onyx inlay.

We just completed this striking new man’s dinosaur bone ring design featuring black diamonds, dinosaur bone and black onyx set in sterling silver.  This handsome bone ring has 3 round black diamonds weighing .30 carats channel set to one side of the ring, leaving a long section of the ring for inlay.   The black diamonds look great with the inlaid black onyx and dinosaur bone.  The ring is inlaid with 6 pieces of striking red celled dinosaur bone with black matrix. Four sections of black onyx divide up the red dinosaur bone and bring out the black matrix in the gem bone. This handcrafted dinosaur bone inlay ring is 8mm wide and tapers to 4.3mm at the bottom. It is hand signed “MMH” by Mark McBride Hileman and stamped sterling silver. The ring pictured is a size 10 1/4 but is available in other sizes by special order. This design may also be customized by changing the inlay stones or switching the black diamonds to white sapphires, white diamonds or blue sapphires. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for special orders on this ring. Gem dinosaur bone like this is becoming more difficult to find so start your collection today!

For more information, photos and purchasing information please visit http://www.etsy.com/listing/49489605/sterling-silver-black-diamond-ring-with or go to www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com .

Dinosaur Bone Jewelry

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/ . 

Welcome to Hileman Jewelry’s blog!

Amethyst sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite and Australian opal.

Amethyst sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite and Australian opal.

Hello and welcome to Hileman Jewelry’s blog!  We are a small family business consisting of Mark, John and Matt Hileman.  We all have our parts we play in the production of our jewelry designs and company operations.  We produce two lines of jewelry.  Our gold line consists of rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces inlaid with the finest Australian opal.  The opal line is available in upscale galleries and jewelry stores across the country.  The silver line is sold via our direct sales site http://www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com  It features sterling silver inlaid with turquoise, sugilite, Australian opal, dinosaur bone and other colorful stones.

Our blog will hopefully be informative to those interested in specific designs we are working on and educational to consumers looking for more information about the jewelry design and manufacturing process.  This is our first attempt at blogging so please forgive us as we attempt to get things rolling.