925 Silver ancient sea ammonite fossil pendant Africa

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This is a lovely 925 silver Burgundy color ammonite fossil pendant with very special silver work. It was finely crafted in Nepal. The fossil originates from Madagascar. The silver work is quite nice with a special outer ridge border for added beauty and protection. The inner silver border was slighly blackened I believe due to the amount of heating of the silver to slightly contour it around the fossil which was achieved very well.

Some history of Ammonites.

The Ammonites or Ammonoid Cephalopods appeared in the late Silurian period about 400 million years ago. They became extinct along with the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago. There name comes from their spiral shape appearing similar to rams horns. This name can be traced back to the Greeks comparing them to the Egyptian god of Ammon who is depicted as wearing Rams horns. They likely ate fish, crustaceans, and other small creatures. They themselves were preyed upon by large marine reptiles like Mosasaurs and some shells even bear the teeth marks from such attacks.

Size: 1.6" tall and 1.4" wide ( 4.1 cm tall and 3.6 cm wide )

Weight: 15 gm ( 0.55 oz )
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