Gem quality fossilized dinosaur bone is known as “gembone” and is one of the rarest and most beautiful materials used in jewelry. These one-of-a-kind specimens can be traced back to the late Jurassic Age approximately 150 million years ago.
The beautiful colors and unique patterns present in gembone are caused by the minerals that entered the cells while the bone was being fossilized. Gembone is typically reddish-brown in color, but can be found exhibiting green, purple, blue, and orange hues as well. The dark areas that pattern the gembone are still as much as 5% bone (they say you could extract DNA from these sections).
Park City Jewelers has a long history of working with gembone jewelry, and store owner Ken Whipple has been collecting, cutting, and polishing gembone since he was in elementary school. His love of gembone jewelry continues today and he often wears a custom gembone bracelet that he created himself.
Gembone is known to increase energy and vitalism and some believe it improves memory and concentration. It is also believed to provide calm and relaxation while relieving anxiety and worry.
As mentioned earlier, the most common color of gembone is reddish-brown. The color energy of red is associated with anger, passion, power, and romance while the color energy of brown is associated with the earth and is experienced as solid, dependable, secure, and safe. Red and brown is a unique and powerful color combination.
Gembone Jewelry and Care
At Park City Jewelers we only use the strongest agatized dinosaur bone in the jewelry we create. That being said, it’s important to treat gembone jewelry with care. Avoid exposing your gembone pieces to harsh chemicals including chlorine, household cleaners, acidic substances, cosmetics, and hairspray.
We have a wide selection of men's and women’s gembone jewelry, and gembone looks fantastic set as rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. We also make custom gembone pieces and one of our full-time jewelry artisans is always available to make the custom piece you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
More and more shoppers are buying their jewelry online, but shopping online poses its own unique challenges. Are the pictures you're seeing online of the actual piece you're purchasing? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is most often no, which can make online jewelry shopping all the more challenging.
Read on to learn about some of the potential pitfalls of online jewelry shopping, and how we work to avoid them.