Each of these remarkable Nautilus Pendants features a fabulous pyritized fossilized ammonite. Pyritized Ammonites in the appropriate size and of good quality are hard to come by. Pyritizing is the process of the mineral pyrite, replacing a fossil. The intricate and lacy open pattern of the ammonite sparkles with minute pyrite crystal formations. Each year at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, Alisha handpicks ammonite fossils choosing the finest specimens available. Each specimen has its unique characteristics and time worn imperfections. (You would too if you were 65 - 300 million years old.) These pendants measure approximately 2" diagonally from the bail to the tip of the tentacles. The Nautilus is cast in solid sterling silver and is drilled and pegged securely into the ammonite shell. A 5mm gemstone is bezel set in the center.
Please select your desired gemstone option from the dropdown menu.
A - 5mm Tsavorite (+ $200)
B - 5mm Rhodolite Garnet
What is an Ammonite? Although it is easy to imagine that today’s Nautilus descended from the Ammonite, the extinct marine Ammonite was more closely related to the octopus, squid and cuttlefish then the nautilus. Ammonites belonged to the class Cephalopoda and first appeared during the Devonian age. Their spiral shape shells are beautiful and the species evolved over millenniums. Depending on ocean sediments and aquatic chemistry the fossilization process creates varied results. There are Ammonites with intricate jade patters; opalized, spiky, rainbow, red flash and pyritized Ammonites.
All Marty Magic Jewelry is packaged in a beautiful box, embossed with the gold foil Marty Magic dragon logo. Perfect for any occasion!
Designed in Santa Cruz, California by Alisha McCormack. Modeled by the artist.
Made in the U.S.A.