Quill + Turquoise Necklace
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This beautiful western-inspired necklace features a natural porcupine quill set in .22 bullet casing with American turquoise.
***Due to the natural variations in the quills, the tones of brown and black, and the length of the quill will vary. Approximately 85-95% of the quill will be shades of black and brown. The length ranges from 4”-6.5”***
Materials: 32" sold brass chain, recycled bullet casings, natural porcupine quills sanded smooth.
Frequently asked questions:
How are they made?
Our top-selling Commonform quill jewelry is created responsibly, using quills collected or humanely harvested from African porcupines. Fun fact, porcupines shed and regrow quills similarly to how we shed and regrow hair. If they aren't collected after shedding, a method that is used involves touching or draping the animal with a piece of fabric and any loose quills easily stick in the fabric and come out. Commonform receives the quills in their natural form. They are sorted, cleaned, sanded, paired, cut, glued into the bullets, and given a quality check. It's quite the process, but each piece is unique and they create such a beautiful statement. The bullet casings are collected from local ranges that would be otherwise be left on the grounds or in the landfill. They are cleaned, pickled, tumbled, and punched for the earrings.
What are they made out of?
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, resembling gold in color. This material will tarnish and patina over time turning a brownish aged color. Some pieces will tarnish a bit at first, and then become shinier the longer you wear them. This look can be even more beautiful than raw new brass. However, if you prefer your brass to really shine, reference the wear and care instructions below.
How can I care for them? How will they hold up over time?
Brass is durable, easy to clean, and will last for decades with proper care. One thing to keep in mind is that the copper content of this metal can oxidize in combination with skin oils, creating a greenish layer of copper carbonate on skin. Everyone's chemistry is a little different, so the wearing experience can vary quite a bit. If you want to create a barrier between your skin and the brass, a clear coat of enamel or nail polish on the inside of your piece will do the trick. In fact, most non-fine metal jewelry is already coated in this clear enamel for that reason. We choose not to coat or plate our metal so that you can experience the richness as the metal changes over time.
Taking good care of your brass and bronze jewelry will keep it shinier, longer. Wearing it often tends to keep it looking its best (the oils from your skin and contact with other hard services - especially with rings - will burnish and shine the surface naturally), but here are a few tips for long term wear and care:
If you wouldn't put it on your skin you shouldn't put it on your jewelry. Avoid chemicals like household cleaners and liquid jewelry cleaner. All you need is a great polishing cloth, or soap and water. Our favorite method is a little bit of dish soap with a soft toothbrush or sponge (a more abrasive sponge can be used if the tarnish is deep). Wash carefully, then rinse under the faucet and dry with a soft cloth (don't forget to plug the drain first). We also like to use the polishing squares for the ultimate shine.
Try not to wear your jewelry in the pool, as the chemicals will oxidize and change the appearance of your metals. Try not to sleep or sweat in them either, as this can change the patina on your metals very quickly.
Store your jewelry in a dry place. Moisture leads to tarnish, thus the bathroom is not a great place to store your jewels. To slow down the natural tarnishing process, we suggest a small ziplock bag if your are going to give your jewels a break for more then a few days.
Commonform’s mission is to keep jewelry wearers kitted out in brass, silver and stones. Combining a love for creation and gift giving, their collections are produced by hand by women in Bozeman, Montana.