Official Website - WWW.OSTEALJEWELRY.COM
Osteal Jewelry, founded in 2009. Earthy, Natural, Cruelty Free. Bone Jewelry made in Mount Vernon, WA.
All items are created with scavenged/found bones.
+ Osteal is against animal cruelty, trophy hunting, trapping, fur farms, factory meat farms and breeding facilities.
well, i don’t do that much - most of what i find is roadkill or already mostly bones. it’s rare that i’ve encountered a dead animal fresh enough to have usable fur. (though i found deer skin in the snow recently!!)
Here are some pretty awesome links to tanning roadkill/found animal pelts:
I support original art - I fully support anyone who makes quality items with original themes and ideas.
There will always be ‘fads’ and there will always be businesses built around copying the ideas of others - this is just a sad reality.
My shop does consistent, steady business - and I’d like to believe it’s because of good business ethics, quality designs and cruelty free products.
My only wish is that more people would care about WHERE the bones are coming from.. but that’s just me.
You go girl. Currently having a quarter life crisis over feeling like I’m “just another bone jewelry etsy seller”. Must reinvent. Must recreate. Must improve.
It’s so hard not to get discouraged sometimes.. so effing hard…and winter rarely helps.
Spring is coming, things will bloom and ideas will blossom - new ingredients will present themselves and our minds will be awash with creative mojo once again.
Yes, I agree with all the above. Emulation happens so often, on etsy, in galleries, in fashion; everywhere. My attitude about it is something like this….once someone is able to copy or rip-off my design or aesthetic, it’s time for me to change directions, improve, innovate, become technically more advanced and hopefully ascend above the copy-cat crowd. I belieive (hope?) that my audience can tell the difference between quality and ethical craft and a lesser-quality, mass-produced piece of “art” from dubious origins.
"once someone is able to copy of rip-off my design or aesthetic, it’s time for me to change directions, improve, innovate…"
exactly - and i think this is the mark of someone who truly cares about what they’re doing and is dedicated to original designs