Fossil Ammonite Necklace + Ancient Shell and Stone + Handmade Bronze Discs + OOAK + Desert Earth

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Fossil Ammonite Necklace + Ancient Shell and Stone + Handmade Bronze Discs + OOAK + Desert Earth

265.00

A delicately-chambered fossil ammonite graces a strand studded with many ancient desert-hued beads.

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:: This necklace contains fossil walrus ivory and is for sale within the United States only ::

This lovely fossil ammonite was rendered by time in shades of creamy ivory laced with raw umber and soft grey.  A halved cross section, it was polished on the front and left natural on the back, with a few recessed chambers.  I was drawn to the soft desert hues and found many beads to complement it on the strand above, including many that are very old.  

Above the ammonite is a cairn of stacked elements: a nugget of Arizona petrified wood, fossil walrus ivory, ancient/antique quartz from India, and caramel chert from the Great Lakes region.  With these are two of my own handmade bronze discs, the larger one molded from granite at Joshua Tree National Park, and the other impressed with fossil stingray tooth.  

The three off-white tubes on the strand are extremely old Indus Valley shell beads dating to 4,000-5,000 BC.  Younger, but still ancient are the slender yellow ochre Pre-Bactrian glass tubes made with gold; these are older than the Bactrian glass tubes that are more rugged and brown in color, which themselves date to 350-150 BC.  All of these beads come from South-Central Asia.  The large bead on the cairn and small agate tubes were made in India but were traded to Africa; they are at least 500 years old and possibly much older.  The rough, flat discs are from Africa, and are old but very hard to date precisely.  Also antique are the Pre-Columbian shell discs scattered about.  The fossil ivory fragment and beads are newly-made from ancestral material dug on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, and could be hundreds to over a thousand years old. 

Newer beads include tiny Mali clay tubes, picture jasper, keshi and seed pearls, and India brass.  A piece of saguaro cactus rib, a stoneware disc and Arizona petrified wood nugget accent the strand.  A brass wire wrap conceals the crimp beads.  I used Beadalon 49 strand beading wire to string the necklace, very strong and durable, yet flexible for a beautiful drape.

This necklace is pure, soft desert earth to me, and the fossil and ancient elements give it an aura of timelessness.  

SIZE:  The necklace measures 17", or 43.5cm, from the back of your neck to the bottom of the ammonite when worn.

CARE:   Take care with this ammonite, the ancient beads and glass and clay...they have traveled a long way through time.  Don't handle the piece roughly.  To clean, wipe gently with a soft, damp cloth. 

PRESENTATION:  This necklace will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See my shop policies below for details.

++ Shipping within the US is included in the price. ++

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