This necklace features an Opalized Ammonite fossil. The front chambers are filled with agate and have colors of cream, yellow and brown, along with some exposed druzy. The back has a beautiful oak leaf pattern and some shimmery opal.
I used recycled copper wire and thin brass wire to weave an intricate bezel around it, holding it firmly in place. I kept the back open, because it is as beautiful as the front, so it is reversible. It hangs on an approximately 29 inch copper orbital chain with a handmade copper clasp.
Ammonites are super cool. I mean, how neat to think that they were swimming around in shallow seas 400 million years ago?!? And they had ten arms!?! And they were carnivorous?!? WOW!
If you want to know more, here is some info from Wikipedia:
Ammonites are an extinct group of marine mollusc animals in the subclass Ammonoidea of the class Cephalopoda. These molluscs are more closely related to living coleoids (i.e., octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish) than they are to shelled nautiloids such as the living Nautilus species. The earliest ammonites appear during the Devonian, and the last species died out during the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (when the dinosaurs died).
Originating from within the bactritoid nautiloids, the ammonoid cephalopods first appeared in the Devonian (circa 400 million years ago) and became extinct at the close of the Cretaceous (66 million years ago) along with the dinosaurs.
Ammonites are excellent index fossils, and it is often possible to link the rock layer in which a particular species or genus is found to specific geologic time periods. Their fossil shells usually take the form of planispirals, although there were some helically spiraled and nonspiraled forms (known as heteromorphs).
The name "ammonite", from which the scientific term is derived, was inspired by the spiral shape of their fossilized shells, which somewhat resemble tightly coiled rams' horns. Pliny the Elder (d. 79 AD near Pompeii) called fossils of these animals ammonis cornua ("horns of Ammon") because the Egyptian god Ammon (Amun) was typically depicted wearing ram's horns. Often the name of an ammonite genus ends in -ceras, which is Greek (κέρας) for "horn".
Although ammonites are common fossils, their soft part record is surprisingly bleak. Beyond a tentative ink sac and possible digestive organs, no soft parts are known at all.They likely bore a radula and beak, a marginal siphuncle, and ten arms. They operated by direct development with sexual reproduction, were carnivorous, and had a crop for food storage. They are unlikely to have dwelt in fresh or brackish water. Many ammonites were likely filter feeders, so adaptations associated with this lifestyle like sieves probably occurred.
If you want to geek out like I did,click here for the full article on Wikipedia.
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