Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fossil around my neck

"Coordinating shades of black, hematite and fine silver coated copper wire make a subtle variegated frame for an orthoceras fossil in this sleek pendant.

The orthoceras has clear, dark delineations and the chambers are a dove gray with an interesting textured patterning. The wire colors were chosen to set off the shape of the fossil and chambers, as well as to add a little brightness without detracting from the striking fossil.

A faceted wine colored garnet peeps out from the top of the fossil, discreetly adding an occasional striking flash of red when the light catches it.

Orthoceras were ancient mollusks. They first emerged nearly 500 million years ago and went extinct nearly 200 million years ago, when dinosaurs were just getting started. They're older cousins of the beautiful spiral shelled ammonites. (To give a vague sense of time here-they're older to most of the dinosaurs than the dinosaurs are to us.)

It's fun how somethng so ancient can look so modern.

The pendant is just over 2 1/2" long by 3/4" at its widest. It comes on a black satin and sheer organza striped ribbon. Clasped it is just over 19" long.

It comes gift boxed, let me know if you'd like it gift wrapped as well."

Found at magpiesmiscellany's Etsy shop.

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