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What do you do with a 400 million year old fossil? Make a necklace out of it, of course. And a pretty one at that… one with pearls!

My friend, Janet, asked me to make a necklace from the Orthoceras pendant she received as a gift. I think it made a fashionable necklace as well as being a conversation piece.

Per Wikipedia:

Orthoceras fossils are common and have a global distribution, occurring in any marine rock, especially limestone.

These are slender, elongate shells with the middle of the body chamber transversely constricted, and a subcentral orthochoanitic siphuncle. The surface is ornamented by a network of fine lirae (Sweet 1964:K224). Many other very similar species are included under the genus Michelinoceras. Orthoceras’s closest living relative is the Nautilus.

Do you own any 400 million year old specimens you would like to wear around your neck? If so, I would love to design a piece of jewelry around it.



  1. Liz, you always amaze me! Your jewelry is great! Your workmanship exquisite! The website is awesome! Congratulations! Bead On!

    Suzan Richey

  2. Thanks Suzan. I appreciate your support and your having supplies/beads at the ready when I need them.

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