Historically, Maui black coral was known for its medicinal properties in Hawaiian, Indonesian, and Chinese cultures. Today, however, the uses for Maui black coral are much more straightforward and simpler. You’ll often see Maui black coral gemstones for sale in bracelets, necklaces, and rings. The process of harvesting these beautiful coral gemstones for a unique Hawaiian gift is not straightforward, however. Let’s take a look back at the history of Maui black coral and how harvesters source it today as well as in the past.
Fossils are beautiful, one of a kind pieces of natural history, and here at Whaler's Locker, we love collecting unique specimens for you to purchase! From fossilized shark teeth to ammonite fossils and so much more, we believe we have something for everyone, from the serious collector to the hobbyist and everyone in between. But, before we show you some of our favorite fossils from the collection, let’s check out what makes a fossil a fossil and why they’re such a vital piece of history.
Natural history centers around the study of the natural world, which includes but is not limited to plants, animals, and other organisms that are currently living or lived millions of years ago. The study of natural history by a naturalist or natural historian is still as relevant today as it was decades ago because it helps us understand evolution, genetics, the environmental impacts climate change has on plants and organisms, and so much more!
Many people like the idea of shark teeth as jewelry, home décor, and other accessories. However, there are probably a lot of things you don't know about shark tooth jewelry and the meaning they have as Hawaiian gifts and culture. Here are five fast facts you may not have known about the shark tooth necklace as well as a bit of history surrounding the allure of the shark tooth.
Fossils are the remains of ancient organisms that have been preserved in the earth and have hardened and turned into rock over time. The preserved remains do not become fossils until they have been around for 10,000 years or more. Everything from tiny bacteria observed only with a microscope, to parts of giant extinct animals like the megalodon’s tooth or entire dinosaurs can become fossils under the right conditions.