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Mermaid Money

by Esther

Sand Dollars become Mermaid Money

Sand Dollars become Mermaid Money

Darwin artist Esther turns ordinary Sand Dollars into beautiful jewellery, available from Mindil Beach Markets.

The Starfish Sea Urchin is better known as Sand Dollars.
The fragile skeleton of the sea urchin washes up on Australian beaches, predominately in the Top End of Australia, and eventually crumbles into sand.

When the Urchin is alive, the skeleton is soft and covered in short hir-like tentacles with a lot of tiny legs around the perimeter. In shallow water the creature buries in the sand to hide from predators, it has four breathing holes located middle centre front with a mouth centre back & end of digestive tract top back.

There is a distinct pattern of a starfish imprinted on the front of the skeleton.

These delicate white skeletons are are first treated with a special coating and then decorated to become unique, precious jewellery.

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stil habe mine after 8 years
by: paige mack

I went to mindil beach market back in 2008 my family was on holidays from Melbourne seen this stall and fell in love I brought a frangi pani pattern and still wear it now!
Love it!!

by: Mona

Wow… That is indeed a great idea to make some variety and fashionable jewels at a very cheap rate. And yes, it can also be turned into a home based business, if you have interest and some creativity in this area.

Personalised order
by: Tara

I would love to get in contact with Esther about the possibility or ordering some personalised sand dollars to use a place tags for our wedding. I think they would be a lovely Darwin souvenier for our guests to take home.

Story Telling
by: Anonymous

Esther does the most wonderful job explaining these shells, her colorings are creative and thoughtful. The great stories that Esther tells include facts and myths, listening to the stories alone is entertainment enough. This very interesting and gentle Lady has no hesitation in sharing information and knowledge.
The new African artworks are beautifully done.
ThankYou Esther

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