This handmade, wire wrapped, sterling silver pendant is made with a very large collectable cabochon of genuine red dinosaur bone aka gem bone, petrified bone, dino bone or fossil stone. This was collected before the ban on collecting on Federal lands took place. Sadly, gem bone is being depleted as the prices continue to rise. This is the best red I have ever had. It has many shades of red including dark cherry red and has some pinks thrown in. The cell walls are nicely defined, too.
As with all of my wire wrapped jewelry, I used heavy wire- not plated, filled or coated wire to finish this wire wrapped pendant. This is a large stone, so I wanted a very secure setting, yet I wanted to really draw attention to it and not cover it with wire. So, I added a line of sterling silver beads to each side. The beads graduate in size, with the top and bottom 3 being faceted for extra sparkle. All of my attention was paid to the details. This is going to be very comfortable to wear with no poking, rough or sharp edges. This one is not for the faint of heart. It is a big luscious statement piece with a bail suitable for what you have.
stone ---- 53x30mm
pendant ---- 3.15" / 80mm long; 1.41" / 36mm wide
bail ---- 7.25mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.
More About Dinosaur Bone:
Agatized Dinosaur Bone, or, Gem Bone for short, is the name given to dinosaur bones which have been petrified. The cells in the bone have been replaced by agate, making them hard, colorful and easy to finish for cabochons. The colors are caused by different kinds of minerals such as chlorite, chromium, iron and manganese. Dinosaur bone is a rare gem with the best material being colorful and having distinct cells in a web like pattern. Dinosaur bone comes in many colors with gold and red being more rare. Gem dinosaur bone is found in the American Southwest, almost exclusively where the states Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet in the Jurassic Era Morrison Formation. It has a Mohs hardness of anywhere from 3.5 to 6.5 (fully agatized).
Dinosaur bone gems are becoming increasingly more rare. The US government has ended all collecting of the material on Federal lands. All that is left is on private lands and in private collections.