Third Eye Pinecones are hand-crafted from the center of the world’s densest Pinecone – a species which can only reproduce in forest fire – the Knobcone Pine.
Our Pinecones are sustainably wild-gathered high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, then carefully dried, aged, and cured, before one single cross-section is cut from the “heart” of each cone. Taking only one cross-section per cone allows the remainder of every Pinecone to be harvested and germinated for seed, helping to ensure the future abundance of this unique species of Conifer. (See our Eco-Responsibility section for more info)
After the initial cut, every pendant is painstakingly cleaned, sanded and polished, then artistically scrutinized to assure that the style and/or inlay perfectly match the unique “personality” of each individual cone. Finally, Third Eye Pinecones are sealed in an elegant, burnished wood-working resin to highlight and protect the organic fractal beauty unveiled within each talisman. Our talented team has spent years perfecting this complex process in a consistent and environmentally friendly fashion.
Third Eye Pinecones come in an enormous array of different sizes, shapes, colors and hues. “Lighter” colored Pinecones are typically younger, and have spent less time off of the tree. Darker Pinecones are often older, and have sometimes spent one-to-three years curing. We believe every piece transmits the essence of the tree it came from. It’s our privilege to be able to share this gift with you.
Our cones come in a vast array of sizes from less than an inch to almost 3 inches. Our very small, and very large Pinecones are the most difficult for us to find, however, collecting every Pinecone is its own wonderful adventure! Please use this guide to help you in your quest for the perfect pendant for you or your loved one.
Glow in the Dark Pinecones
Some of our most special Pinecones have been inlaid with a powerful Phosphorescent Powder – causing them to glow brightly in the dark! Activated by the UV-spectrum light abundant in natural sunshine (or to a lesser extent in most indoor lighting) both our Crushed Crystal and Rutilated Quartz "Glow-Cones" are infused with this amazing substance. Our specialty glow powder is non-toxic, visible to the naked eye for over 12 hours, and will only lose 5% of its glow over the next 10 years!!
Our Crushed Crystal pieces (center) are meticulously inlaid with our proprietary blend of crushed turquoise, lapis, sugilite, or malachite and glow powder – revealing beautiful crushed gemstone by day and a mesmerizing phosphorescent glow by night! Our Rutilated Quartz pieces (right and left side) glow brightly through the transparent stone, revealing the vivid textures, facets and "rutiles" normally concealed within the crystal.
Each pinecone pendant is an elegant and inspiring gift from the forest – we feel strongly about doing no harm and giving back to Mother Nature whenever we can.
In partnership with noted non-profit conservational foundation American Forests, and through our own seed-harvesting and replanting efforts, Third Eye Pinecones is pleased to stand behind our “buy a cone, plant a tree” promise, which guarantees the planting of between 1-3 trees per pendant sold.
When you buy one of our talismans your money goes to work right away, not only supporting us as artisans, but also planting a tree via American Forests in areas of the country that have been negatively impacted by logging, wildfire, or pollution.
The Knobcone Pine Tree
Third Eye Pinecones can only be crafted from the densest pinecone on the planet, the Knobcone Pine (Pinus attenuata). This thriving species spans from southern Oregon, through California and even down through Mexico (not shown on map).
According to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature: est 1948) the Knobcone Pine Tree falls into the “least concern” category, which means their population health has been evaluated internationally and has been given the highest rating possible.
Our pendants are very sturdy and hold up well under most “everyday” conditions. With that said, Pinecones are wood and should be cared for as one would with any fine wooden product. Most notably, your pinecone pendant should not be exposed to heat above 120 degrees F. (such as on a car dashboard, or hanging from a rear-view mirror on a sunny day)
As with any fine woodwork, at some point in the life of your Pinecone, you may wish to have the surface “refinished” to restore that original, brand-new-gloss to a well-worn pendant! To submit your Pinecone for resurfacing, simply add this item to your cart, then send your pendant (with a print-out of this confirmation page) to:
Third Eye Pinecones
230 Old Graham Hill Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Once we've received the pendant we will assess it for repairability, and contact you if there are any issues with the job. Assuming your piece is able to fixed we'll complete the repair and have it back to you looking much happier in 30-60 days. Please contact us if you have any questions!
***Please make sure to send your Pinecone to us in a padded envelope or bubble mailer to ensure it arrives to us safely!*** :)