James Stephens & Jayme Daniel

Bone Dust Cowgirl: A Labor of Love


Although Bone Dust Cowgirl initially emerged from heartache and loss, the company is an inspiring example of what it means to create something beautiful out of an arduous past. In 2005, Oklahoma natives and Bone Dust Cowgirl owners James Stephens and Jayme Daniel met during a difficult time in both of their lives. Their friendship grew quickly and by the fall of 2006 their gallery and thrift shop came to fruition.

“Bone Dust Cowgirls are sweet, goodhearted, down-to-earth women who maybe lost their way on life’s highway,” says Jayme. “They are given a second chance. They try and make the best of every situation and thank God for it. The Bone Dust Cowgirl is every girl/woman who is a free spirit.”


Located in Oklahoma City, Bone Dust Cowgirl specializes in hand-carved art including handmade and vintage jewelry, home décor, clothing, paintings, leather bags, belt buckles and more. James is the artist/jeweler who carves and designs his own pieces and makes the leather bags and boot cuffs. Jayme is the artistic designer who creates the belt buckles, among other pieces.

“Together we collect vintage cowboy boots and James is known for his special ‘distressing’ and the dye jobs he does to his boots and other leather pieces,” explains Jayme. “He’s also known for his pendants which can take him over three hours or more to carve.”  


By working with materials such as wood and leather that are 50 to 100 years old, Bone Dust Cowgirl creates one-of-a-kind pieces from items that have already been used. Their crosses, cuffs, and necklaces that feature vintage tooled leather come from timeworn cowgirl purses and cowboy belts. Like the people before them who put time and love into those items, James and Jayme put their Bone Dust Cowgirl touch on each piece and transform them into their own designs. 


Although they describe all of their pieces as recycled and vintage, James and Jayme were the first to create jewelry out of Mah Jongg tile – an idea that came to them when they needed to do something with an incomplete game set.

“James is the original Mah Jongg skull artist,” she says. “In the beginning it was his most popular item but overtime the moose antler pieces overruled the Mah Jongg.”

The moose antler pieces she is referring to is the type that is naturally shed every year and can be found on the forest floor. Similar to other Bone Dust Cowgirl creations, these pieces exemplify Bone Dust Cowgirl’s ability to transform found existing objects into artistically crafted products.

In addition to the antler shed found in all kinds of Oklahoma terrain, James and Jayme also make creations out of wooly mammoth tusks that are 10,000 years old. Jayme says they get these prehistoric artifacts from an artist friend in Round Top, Texas and use the ivory because it comes in different shades of black, brown and white, and because it polishes nicely. She describes it as “non-regulated, second-chance ivory.”


Although Bone Dust Cowgirl specializes in hand-carved art, Jayme makes it clear that she and James are not jewelers, silversmiths or beaders.

 “We never got into this biz to be jewelers,” she explains. “James carved out of wood for 33 years but never as something meant to be worn. It just evolved when we starting collecting antlers and bones and then he got a rotary tool and just like that – he was carving pendants.”

While Jayme and James may not consider themselves professional jewelers, their work speaks for itself through their many lines which includes outlaw jewelry, spiritual necklaces, crosses, vintage clothing, cuff and bracelets and their signature Mah Jongg skulls. Additionally, most of the materials used to make Bone Dust Cowgirl products are recycled and earth-friendly.


James and Jayme met The Scarab team four years ago in Texas and now pieces such as cuffs with hand carved birds, hand carved peace signs, rings carved from moose antler, buckles with hand carved horses and Kingman turquoise can be found at their store in Minturn.


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