This handmade, wire wrapped pendant is made with a natural stone cabochon of petrified wood. This particular fossil stone comes from California, US. Fossil stones are popular with men, but I would wear this myself. The white spots in the cab are holes made by a prehistoric insect which have been filled over the millennia and are is now solid rock. The spots show up well against the brown earthtone colors of the stone.
As with all of my copper jewelry, I used pure, heavy copper wire and gave it a hand applied patina which has been meticulously rubbed down for a professional finish and then polished. This pendant is beautiful example of a perfect time to use copper. The two were made for each other.
Please note: I noticed after looking at the pictures that the bail was slightly crooked. Nothing like a close up picture to point out problems! It has since been corrected. :)
stone ---- 37x27mm
pendant ---- 2.19" / 56mm long; 1.12" / 29mm wide
bail ---- 6mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.
More About Petrified Wood:
If a tree were to fall in the woods, it would rot in the atmosphere and be eaten by bugs and such. However, if a tree falls and is protected from oxygen and the elements by ash or mud before it rots, and is subjected to mineralized water, it begins the process of petrification. Petrification is a long process by which every part of the trunk (leaves and branches typically will rot before petrification can happen) is replaced by minerals in the water that slowly seeps through. Those minerals settle into the cells of the trunk and by the time the cells decompose all that is left is the mineral mold of the cell. The replacement mold can be opal, silica, calcite or pyrite to name a few. The result of time and petrification is a very detailed model in stone, or fossil, of the tree right down to the cell and rings.
Petrified wood goes by many names; fossilized wood, opalized wood, agatized wood, or silicified wood (opal or agate replacement). Petrified wood is deceptively heavy. One might see some on the ground and pick it up thinking it is a neat piece of wood only to find it to be a heavy rock. It looks very convincing! The color of the petrified wood would depend upon what replaced it and the minerals in the soil. Some are rainbow colored and some look just like wood. Because of it's beauty, it is used in jewelry, cut en cabochon. Petrified wood takes a very good polish and is very hard. The hardness is generally that of agate 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.