fossilized snail shell spiral necklace

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fossilized snail shell spiral necklace

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A stunning fossilized shell with little druzy (the glittering effect of tiny crystals) pockets is set within a "crown" fine silver bezel. A spiral cut out is hand-sawn through the back to allow light to pass through, while also showcasing the natural spiral design of the shell. My maker's mark and .925 are included on the back for authenticity. The whole necklace was given a dark patina and then brought to a soft, satin finish to compliment the shell. Hangs around 10 inches in length, on a sterling silver chain.

Fossil shells may be circular, egg-shaped, cup-shaped, tubular or spiral. Spiral shells are often snail fossils or ammonites. Molluscs are animals like mussels, clams, snails, slugs, cuttlefish and octopus. They include extinct creatures such as ammonites and belemnites. Most species have shells, carrying their home with them. Gastropods first emerged in the fossil record during the Late Cambrian Period 497 million years ago.  They increased with great diversity during the Carboniferous Period 354 million years ago.  During the mass extinction at the end of the Permian Period 251 million years ago most died out but some survived and began to diversify again and survive until today.

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