Organic material like pinecones are used in jewelry making but Third Eye Pinecones makes unique designs. Firstly, they don't just use any pinecones but the densest variety from knobcone pines (Pinus attenuata).  This species is found along the West Coast of the US.

Pinecone pendant with Moonstone and Chakra accents
They explained, "Our Pinecones are sustainably wild-gathered high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, then carefully dried, aged, and cured, before one single cross-section is cut from the “heart” of each cone. Taking only one cross-section per cone allows the remainder of every pinecone to be harvested and germinated for seed, helping to ensure the future abundance of this unique species of conifer." Their partnership with the non profit American Forests as well as their own replanting efforts means 1-3 trees are planted for every pendant/necklace sold.

Pinecone Pendant with red sunstone and other gemstone accents
The cross sections are then cleaned, sanded and polished.  Different kinds of embellishments are added - typically gemstones but also more unusual items like butterfly wings. Once inlaid, the pendants are then sealed with resin.

Glow in the Dark Pinecone pendant

Some of the most fun designs are their glow in the dark pendants which consist of a mix of crushed crystal or gemstone mixed in with a phosphorescent powder. 

The pendants and necklaces are marketed with a distinct New Age approach.  Check out the video which tells of the founder's remarkable survival story and how Third Eye Pinecones came to be. 

Pinecone Pendant with Dichroic glass and opal
Pinecone Pendant with orgonite and ammolite

Leprieur's Glory Butterfly Wing Pinecone Pendant with Gemstone Necklace

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