This gorgeous, woven-wire pendant is composed of a sliced ammonite fossil, polished on the open face to show the internal compartments, lovingly cradled in solid Sterling silver wire. Faceted gem-quality aquamarine beads cascade down from the bail; set in delicate, herringbone weaves. The outer shell of the ammonite on the back of the pendant was left in it's natural, opalized state with a few glints of fire on the surface of the shell. The wire was oxidized naturally with egg yolk to bring out the rich texture of the weave, then hand-polished to a glossy finish. The entire pendant was then coated in clear lacquer to protect the opalized exterior of the shell and resist tarnish. It measures 46x35x18mm (1.8" x 1.4" x 0.7") and comes suspended on your choice of chain.
Ammonites are extinct marine molluscs, most closely related to modern octopi, squids and, to a lesser extent, nautiloids. The word, “ammonite”, was inspired by the spiral shape of their shells. Originally, they were called ammonis cornua ("horns of Ammon") because this Egyptian god was typically depicted wearing ram's horns. It is thought ammonites inhabited ancient shallow seas and succumbed to the same mass extinction responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs. This fossil was found in Madagascar.
Rugged, organic and gorgeous, this pendant truly reflects the raw beauty of nature's finest treasures. This piece comes in a luxurious, black velvet jeweler's box, contained in a cardboard outer shell; perfect for gift-giving. This is an heirloom-quality piece you can treasure for many years to come. This ships fully-insured with international tracking, for your convenience & peace of mind.
*Coins are shown for scale and will not be included with the jewelry.
**Comes with a signed certificate of authenticity, filled in & signed by the artist; photo of the piece & materials are listed on the reverse side of the card.