designed and created by christian gollub,
this necklace features an ammonite fossil pendant,
freshwater pearls, luminescent czech art glass,
thai silver boxes, & a sterling silver toggle clasp
17 inches total length
the open necklace (right)
shows the size of the
sterling silver toggle clasp
in relation to the ammonite
pendant. the close-up
(below) reveals the
dramatic interplay of the
pearls and the luminescent
czech art glass with
the focal point of the
necklace, the ammonite, a
truly beautiful fossil.
for much more information about ammonites,
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the quarter and the
penny are shown
to indicate the size
of the individual
elements in this
the ammonite is
approximately 1.25" in
available jewelry
the characteristic spiral was
formed by partitions or
chambers of the coiled shell
where the ammonite lived. once
the ammonite grew too large
for its living chamber, it formed
a new one and moved into it.
the empty chambers filled with
gas to assist buoyancy at
different depths in the
oceans. ammonites have been
collected and prized for their
geometrical beauty for many
thousands of years. they
became extinct at the end of
the cretaceous period some
65 million years ago after a
330 million year
survival on earth.
named for ammon,
the egyptian god
of procreation and
life, these ancient
marine mollusks
were similar to the
modern squid,
octopus, and
nautiloids. they
were creatures of
the open tropical
seas and are
abundant in
limestones from
tropical reefs.