An encounter with a lovely couple on my market stall at Electromagnetic Field inspired this extravagant seven-ginkgo leaf necklace, commissioned as silver wedding anniversary gift. I really like the use of the ‘seaweed’ twists from my tideline necklaces, and it came together as a very hefty and impressive piece.
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.
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.
Oooh, this is too exciting not to post!
I’m prototyping the next few products from the ‘I Miss The Sea’ line (tentative title), which so far includes the ship brooches and swirly earrings. This is a bracelet made from four curved links with wave motifs, along with a matching pair of earrings. It still needs to be cleaned and curved correctly, but I held it up to my neck and it looks so good I think I’m going to have to make myself an entire set ASAP!
I’d better order more silver wire…