Ancient or Edgy?

ammonite cabochon

Ancient or edgy?

A fellow lapidary artist was showing off his new slices of ammonite and I quickly raised my hand like a kid who's got the answer. Me! Me! I'll take one! I was only half kidding. Soon after, we made a deal. He would give me some slices in exchage for a finished cab. No problem!

 

These are hella unique. I'm sure you all have seen ammonites. Ammonites are the fossil remains of marine molluscs. They are used frequently in jewelry to great effect with wonderful patterns.

whle American ammonite

A whole Ammonite

sliced ammonite

A sliced Ammonite

The Ammonites that I recieved were sliced like a pie rather than sliced as in the above picture. The cut provides a much more organic and random pattern.

 

I have shared images elsewhere of the cabs that I have made. Everyone who sees them are blown away. They are truly unique. I don't think I have seen anyone cut them like this.

sliced ammonite
sliced ammonite
sliced ammonite

These images are of the rough slices. No two are alike. The more broken and damaged the fossils, the more random a pattern you get.

sliced ammonite
sliced ammonite
sliced ammonite
ammonite cabochon

This cab ...

ammonite

... came from this slice.

ammonite cabochon

This is smaller with more yellow calcite.

ammonite

A much lighter and smaller slice.

ammonite cabochon

I think this looks like an Egyptian sarcophagus.

ammonite

This one finished a 73mm cab!

Seeing how these appear to be a hit, my friend will be cutting more. If you love these like I do, stay tuned. I will let you know when he has cut enough to offer them for sale.

 

So, what do you think- ancient or edgy??