I have to admit to being fascinated by ammonites: by their earthy brown colour that often has a shimmer, like copper within; by their nautilus shell shape, and by their sheer age. They were once free swimming molluscs in the ancient oceans and lived at the same time as the dinosaurs.
They also have a spiritual aspect. It’s spiral shape in itself symbolizes continual change. But ammonites are considered to be a powerful earth healing fossil. It is thought to have absorbed, through eons of time, the cosmic energy. And this enables the ammonite to stimulate the life force (Chi) within.
I have taken this smooth, russet coloured fossil and hung it with turquoise beads (4 mm) on double strand of rust toned dyed keshi pearls (10mm). Natural, stabilized turquoise nuggets ( 5 mm) have been interspersed throughout the necklace. The double strand comes together with labradorite discs at the back of the necklace.
Stabilized turquoise does not mean dyed. It is often a necessary process to stabilize both the colour and the hardness of the stone. Actually turquoise is a relatively soft stone which easily absorbs oils in the skin and causes the colour to change. But by being stabilized, turquoise then retains it’s colour and hardens the stone. This enables it to be drilled without crumbling.
Dyed pearls, which most pearls are, come about through a number of techniques. The one I know, through someone who has a pearl farm in China, is one in which the pearls are placed for a month or more in a container with a liquid saturated with a powder dye. Electrodes gently move the pearls about so that they are evenly coloured. Although people say the colour can fade, I have been working (and wearing) dyed pearls for many years. As long as you don't spray perfume or hairspray onto the pearls, the colour remains. None of my pearls have faded.
I have used a gold plated on silver toggle clasp. Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace is 18 ½ inches long.
It comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai tailor.
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