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 amethyst 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 fiery orange and red tendrils, radiating from the center of the shell. The entire pendant was coated in clear lacquer to protect the opalized exterior of the shell and resist tarnish. It measures 48x32x21mm (1.9" x 1.3" x 0.8") and comes suspended on your choice of chain or leather cord.
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. Your pendant will arrive in a lovely gift box and ship securely in a padded envelope with international tracking and insurance from my studio to your chosen destination.
*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.