These wonderful modernist clip earrings consist of a slices of ammonite fossils, nicely polished, and bezel set in sterling silver. Ammonites were named after the Egyptian god Ammon who was said to possess the head of a ram which is similar in shape to these ancient mollusks. Ammonites appeared 400 million years ago and became extinct with the dinosaurs approximately 65 million years ago. Much like the nautilus shell, you can clearly see the chambers on these ammonite slices. Many civilizations have history using the ammonite. The Navajo carried ammonite as a fetish for good hunting and good fishing. Ancient used ammonite for medicinal purposes. Because the shape resembled coiled snakes, the English and Scots thought they could cure snake bites.
These earrings were studio made as the artist etched his/her initials onto the backs. The sterling bezel follow the shape of the fossils and are nicely done. There is some patina on them which I have not removed. I'm sure they will look quite lovely with a shiny frame too.
The earrings are signed with a star in a circle and 925 for sterling on both clips and also etched into the back of one earring only are the artist's initials, SW, along with 925 MEX. They measure a bit shy of 1 1/4" high and a bit over 1" wide.
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