Maple Leaf Ammonite Pendant
This pendant is made with an incredible cabochon made from fossilized ammonite. This species of mollusks lived in the seas between 65 - 240 million years ago, when they became extinct along with the dinosaurs. The pattern in the fossils resembles fall leaves, but is caused by sutures in the creature's shell, which scientists believe reinforced the creature's shell. What you see in this cabochon is the dissection of these sutures. It's an amazing and gorgeous piece of science and natural history. This particular guy's bottom suture started to split when I was setting the stone, but it has been epoxied and is secure. The pendant price has been adjusted accordingly.
The cab is set in double layers of 22 gauge sterling silver sheet and framed in a silver bezel. At the top, 3 tiny cast sterling silver succulents, and on the reverse side, a single detailed brass oak leaf and a tiny brass acorn. The pendant's dimensions are 2 1/2" tall and 1 3/8" wide. Suspended from a sterling silver rolo chain, finished with a lobster clasp closure. The entire piece is oxidized with liver of sulphur to give depth and then buffed to bring out highlights.