\ˈäs-tē-əl\ , [oz-tea-ul]
- Definition; of, relating to, or resembling bone; also : affecting or involving bone or the skeleton
My idea with Osteal was to create something beautiful, naturally strange and close to the Earth. I wanted to use natural objects, focus on items with…
people have been seriously misusing some terms such as : ‘cruelty free”, “no animals were harmed for this” etc..
So let me be upfront and honest about where the bones come from for Osteal Jewelry.
None of my bones come from furriers, trappers, trophy hunters, breeders, taxidermists or fur farms. In the beginning of my business (2009) i purchased a box of small skulls and bones (some skunk, some turned out to be mink) from an antique shop - when i researched where skulls like that are acquired i never used them again.
75% of my bones were found by me, personally. Along roads and in forests around the western united states. Therefore the animals i honor are not exotic or rare. They are the beautiful ‘common’ animals, thriving in the locations where they are found. Occasionally i use locally hunted deer bones, hunted for food not trophy or sport. The rest are found by friends, gifted to me or purchased from individuals that i trust.
My bones show aging, predator damage, rodent chews and natural staining because they were found AS BONES.
Scavengers rarely if Ever find piles of perfect bones, multiple fully intact skulls or hundreds of the same coyote/wolf teeth in grade A condition… it just doesn’t work like that. I wish it did, but i’m glad it doesn’t.
While we (the scavengers) may come across excellent specimens once in a while - most items will show signs of natural death, predation or car impact.
You are free to chose where you buy from, just make sure you can be proud of your choices.