Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ancient Fossils

 
Okay, I have officially hit "panic mode"!!! With three shows, a 40 piece wholesale order, a new store location opening and not to mention some special orders coming up within the next few weeks, I am definitely.... Scared Silly! As of late, I have been feverishly working to get my inventory in both my Etsy shop and for these upcoming events underway.
This past week, I did manage to create an "Ancient Fossils" line that features million year old ammonites paired with beautiful natural gemstones.  Ammonites are ancient cousins to the modern day Nautilus and are fossilzed shells that millions of years ago contained living creatures. They started out the size of a speck of sand and would grow incredibly fast, some even reaching a foot in diameter. Ammonites, in all sincerity, are the oldest thing I have in my antique stash and they have been such fun to work with. They are just so darn cool, and to know you are wearing something around your neck that roamed the earth with dinosaurs, well, is just quite amazing!
 
 
The ammonites I used in the necklace below are around 200 million years old. They are called "Psilocercy" and come from Dorset, England. They became extinct in a cataclysmic event in the Cretaceous Era with the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago....


 
The ammonite below is absolutely stunning because of its Pyrite druzy accents. I paired it with my all time favorite Victorian bar pin and some beautiful pink spinel faceted briolettes...

 
This particular ammonite is known as "Kosmoceras Pyrite" is around 150 million years old and comes from Russia. Isn't the age of these things just mind blowing???? In this special ammonite, its original shell is naturally fossilzed with Pyrite over the millions of years it has sat in the earth. The druzy Pyrite fills the inside of the chambers and leaves its sparkly glittery gold coating to create one stunning fossil....



 
 
 
 Below, is another "Psilocercy" from Dorset...


...I paired this pretty iridescent fossil with aquamarine, quartz, labrodite and mother of pearl...



 
I really loved the fiery earthy tones in the ammonite below...
 

 
 
...so I paired him with abalone, wood, rhinestones, agate, citrine and bone elements...

 


 
 
 
A couple of other new pieces I finished this week...
 
The Parisian Holiday...



 
and Miss Mary Davis...




 
All of these new pieces coming to my Etsy shop this evening. You can see more pictures of the beautiful ancient ammonites there.
Oh yeah, one last thing! One last, really important thing.....the WINNER of the earring giveaway.
Remember the giveaway I was hosting for the black onyx, Scottish thistle earrings? Well the random number generator at RANDOM.ORG picked entry number "12". The 12th comment entry belonged to  "Robbie Girl". Congratulations Robbie Girl!!! Please contact me at my email address above and I will get these one of a kind earrings to you. Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway, more giveaways to come, so stay tuned!!! Have a great week everyone, be back soon with more designs from my very busy and chaotic studio.
:~)
 
 

8 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! You have lots going on and have created some gorgeous necklaces - you will do just fine.
Also, Congratulations to the winner!
Have a great week.

Beetique said...

Christine, I love the fossils that you made.
Congrats to the winner of the earrings although I'm very jealous. :)

Priscilla G. said...

Christine,
Your new necklaces are absolutely gorgeous!! I love them, especially the fossil necklaces!

Take care and try not to stress!
Congratulations to the winner of your lovely earrings!

Christine Wallace said...

Thank you sweet ladies for always leaving such wonderful words of encouragement.They mean so much to me to read them and they always bring a great big smile to my face, and I so thank you for that!!!!

Christine

Pam @ 52apothecaryshop said...

The fossil necklaces are divine! I'm not surprised at how successful you are Christine, your work is amazing! xo's Pam

Belladonna said...

I have no words, they are gorgous!

Paige Low said...

It’s great that antique jewelries are still becoming a trend nowadays. These types of accessories never fail to fascinate me. I always loved their refined look and their elegance. They contribute a lot to enhancing the classiness of the women’s appearance. These sets of jewelry are very much capable of making women look amazingly presentable on special and formal occasions.

Paige Low

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