One of the biggest draws of the Lowcountry is the delicious and very interesting oysters that have been one of the most important commodities on the east coast for hundreds of years. We have decided to take this popularity into our own hands and create some very exciting new pieces to add to our collection.
Happy New Year, everyone! We are so excited to ring in the new year with you and with one of our newest collections: Sea Life. This stunning collection is dedicated to the Lowcountry’s most popular resident, the oyster! Now that it has been officially oyster season for almost four months, we are so excited to finally talk about and share these stunning pieces with you. For our fellow Lowcountry residents and visitors alike, oysters have been one of the most popular and loved items for as long as our state has been its own. From eating them raw to buying a decorated shell at the city market to everything in between, you will find oysters of every kind here in Charleston. We are so excited to add our own spin and stunning pieces to the oyster life here in the Lowcountry!
You have so many different pieces to look forward to and there is something for everyone. Let’s go to the silvery sandy banks of our G2 headquarters and see what you will find there!
In this collection you will find:
What a bountiful list for this year’s oyster roast! Don’t forget – these are just to make you look fabulous. They won’t go very well with a side of horseradish sauce. You can find all of these pieces by visiting our website at https://g2silver.com/product-category/sea-life/
Oysters themselves have an amazing history, and their uses and what the do for the environment is amazing. The Eastern Oyster, found on our Atlantic Oyster Split Cuff, is a species of oyster local to the eastern seaboard. They come in all shapes and sizes, as you will see in this new collection. You won’t find a pearl inside every oyster, but we do promise that you will find a pearl on each of our oysters. All oysters do have the ability to create a pearl. The creation of a pearl is a defense mechanism when a foreign substance slips in between the oyster’s shell. It is very similar to us getting a splinter. The foreign substance irritates the oyster’s mantle. Its natural reaction is to cover up the irritant with layers of nacre, which is the same substance its shell is made out of. This process eventually leads to the birth of a pearl. Outside of wearing their shells and their beautiful pearls, humans have been eating oysters since prehistoric times and have been cultivating them since the Roman Empire. A Roman gentleman named Sergius Orata is credited to be the first person known to cultivate oysters by building a system that could control water levels!
Oysters have an incredible story and history here in Charleston. Native Americans native to South Carolina loved eating them and using their shells. Settlers used their shells to create a type of concrete called “tabby”. This concrete was very strong and could withstand the harsh elements found along the coast. Settlers also enjoyed eating them too. The oyster industry had a huge boom in the Lowcountry from the 1880’s to WW2, and are still a huge commodity today. The coastline of our beautiful state is the perfect location for oysters to thrive. The flat coastline, vast tidal areas, natural oyster reefs, and long spawning season make it the perfect place to grow the large clusters of the meaty briny oysters the Lowcountry is known for. Oysters are still making history to this day here in Charleston. In 2015, a gentleman named Ashby Gale found a very interesting oyster shell on Folly Beach. Just this past June this interesting shell was identified to be at least three million years old! It is an ancient type of oyster that had not been found in South Carolina until Gale’s discovery!
With its versatility in the food industry and the hundreds of other things it has inspired, the Oyster will always remain a very precious staple here in the Lowcountry. We are so excited to add our spin to that staple and to share it with you. It’s the perfect new collection to kick off 2020 with, and we can’t wait for you to choose your favorite piece from this new collection!