This handmade wire wrapped sterling silver pendant is made with a natural stone cabochon of Turritella. Turritella is a fossil stone from the Wyoming/Colorado/Utah area. Looking at it, you can see that it was once snails between 53 and 42 million years ago. This is a large stone with a great, easily visible, pattern.
I used heavy, solid sterling silver (not coated, filled or plated) wire to make a sturdy wire wrap setting for this big stone. To echo the nautilus curls in the shell, I added a little wire art detail in the form of sturdy twisted wire at the top. This twisted wire is heavy and very firm.
This material is typically plagued with pits and fractures. I was happy to cab such a big stone with only a couple of tiny pits.
A little trivia: These are not fossils of turritella. They were Elimia tenera, which was wrongly identified erly on. One lived in fresh water and one in salt. However, the name stuck and now it is commonly called turritella (agatized fossils of Elimia tenera). Just one of the many misnomers in the rock world.
stone ---- 47x38mm
pendant ---- 2.75" / 70mm long; 1.65" / 42mm wide
bail ---- 7mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.