When I first saw this shop, I was drawn into the interesting shape and colors. Upon closer view I was very surprised to learn that Star of the East uses sea urchins in her jewelry. I never knew you could find them so small! She finds the urchins on the beach in Turkey where she lives. Then they are cleaned, filled with polyurethane, and coated with epoxy to make them strong. What a wonderful way to "recycle" nature.