Epic fossil and lava rosary-style necklace

Long rosary-style necklace made from black lava beads, whole and partial ammonite fossils, belemnite fossil, and sterling silver.

The belemnite point hangs low on the chest, and I love the two little ‘secrets’ – on the back of the main ammonite, a heart, and another small ammonite that rests at the nape of the neck.

I’m so proud of this piece, and it’s going to look so good once the chain oxidises a little.

For sale on Etsy shortly, unless anyone claims it first.

Sliced, polished ammonite cufflinks

I didn’t dig these fossils up myself, but finding this beautiful matching pair of ammonites took a lot of rootling in a big box in the Oxford Natural History Museum gift shop! The spaces within the shell have been filled with various minerals, creating richly contrasting tawny, grey, speckley, translucent and opaque areas, including (if you look closely in one), another tiny shell trapped inside.

The fittings are made from solid sterling silver, and the backs are sterling silver domes with a slightly matt finish. I’d say these are suitable for palaeontologists, geologists, evolutionary biologists, steam-punks and just plain nerds, as long as they like their accessories to have a history attached!

In case you hadn’t gathered by now, I love bringing people’s dreams to life, so if this or anything else on my site inspires you, don’t hesitate to get in touch and I’ll create something just for you.

Pyrite fossil set – earrings, necklace

To quote my Etsy listings:

Ammonites were free-swimming molluscs (which I always picture as a cross between a particularly buoyant hermit crab and an octopus) which teemed in the Jurassic seas. There were many kinds, ranging from thumbnail sized up to two meters across, but they mostly had in common a beautiful, ridged spiral shell.

This particular ammonite sank to the muddy sea bed about 195 million years ago, and didn’t do much except become fossilised until the sea came calling again, washing t out of its muddy tomb and onto the shore.

I gathered the fossil from the Jurassic Coast near Lyme Regis on the south coast of England, sifting through pebbles, grit and sand as waves tried to fill my wellington boots with November-cold salt water.

All settings are sterling silver.

Some of these are listed in my Etsy shop, but I have lots more fossils. I love bringing people’s dreams to life, so if this item or any of my others inspire you, don’t hesitate to get in touch and I’ll create something just for you.

Works in progress – Fossil assembly

I have the fittings for two pairs of cufflinks gently cleaning up in the embrace of the pickle dragons, and have been putting together some necklaces – one epic, one so sweet and delicate. I think that these individual ammonites look so much better when hung from two points rather than one, what do you think?

A morning’s fossil pieces

I’m going to need to do another photoshoot!  The pickle dragons did their job well, and only one earring fossil snuffed it in the process.

I’m particularly excited about the sliced and polished ammonites that I picked up from the Pit Rivers Museum in Oxford earlier this year.  I’ve used the same setting as my stud earrings, but with a semicircle of wire for attaching cufflink backs.  Now if only I knew what those matching cufflink backs should be!

I have three matching sliced ammonites to offer, and they’d make great christmas gifts.  If you want to snap them up (with custom backs!) before they go on Etsy, let me know!

A shoal of pickle dragons

Made from milk bottle plastic with a hole-punch and scissors, these simple little pickle dragons keep my parts from being muddled while they’re in the cleaning pickle solution overnight.  You can’t use wire as it may contaminate the pickle, and string will get all soggy, so these easy-to-grab plastic creatures seem the best solution.  The labels will help me reunite them with their respective fossils afterwards, too!  I’m looking forward to setting all these ammonites – including a new cufflink design.

I wonder if they’d make good packaging…

Morning in the workshop – packing a piece

Back to work on my new fossil pieces, I’ve realised that around 10/11 in the morning, hunger lures me away from the bench and down two flights to the kitchen, full of lovely distractions.  The solution: make like a Scottish child, and pack my piece (snack)!

I’m working ona lava-bead embellished necklace to matched the survivor from the unfortunate incident on Saturday, various setting styles for a whole bundle of ammonites, and caps for some belemnites.  Lunchbreak’s over, back to the grindstone!

Fossil earring designs

I love and miss my mismatched fossil earrings so much (I trod on them, alas) that I’m going to re-make them. It’s quite hard to find good belemnite fossils though, so I’m planning to match an ammonite and belemnite on one side, with a carved tagua nut form on the other – see the sketch below. I do need to get better at making the caps though, they’re very tricky!

I’m also testing out some designs to use arc sections of ammonite coils, and will be making some simple ammonite studs and dangley earrings.