The Hermit Crab Claw Stud Earrings are made from the molding and casting of a real found Flat Clawed Hermit Crab molt in recycled silver. Hermit Crabs, like all crustaceans, shed their exoskeleton as they grow during a process called molting. The Flat Clawed Hermit is native to the Atlantic and can be found all the up and down the coast!
I collected the original shed on a beach in Cape May, New Jersey and then sent it to a local, family owned casting company to be cast in multiples of solid metal. Once the castings are returned, I solder on sterling silver posts. The actual claw is only 10mm long and 8mm wide.
All HKM Jewelry pieces are properly hallmarked for metal type and stamped for authenticity.