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Sparkling Cream and Gold Ammonite Pendant by magpie-poet Sparkling Cream and Gold Ammonite Pendant by magpie-poet
Ammonite half in 14K gold fill.

2 1/18" by just over 1 1/4" wide.

Picked this guy up at the mineral show this weekend, anyone know where it's from or why the different coloring and crystalization than the brown/grey I've seen most commonly? I've seen plenty of shades of brown varients but never anything this pale or with those almost hairlike crystals in the chambers.

Sold, though it has cousins on my etsy shop [link]

(I'd still like to know why the drastic color difference and crystal shape, and where I can get more, if anyone knows the answer to any or all of those questions!)
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Zahnradfee Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Hm, I can only theorize, but I guess the crystals come from a faster cooling of the silicic acid.

In other ammonites the crystals are larger and fill out the entire shell. They are so large that you can see they are mostly clear or stained brown.

When the silicic acid cools down faster, it can't make large crystals, but only small ones. They will refract the light in a way that they seem not clear but white.

And obviously the petrification process was over quite soon with no more silicic acid diffusing into the shell. That, which was already in, crystallized (reducing its volume by that, so that there are holes left) and then nothing more came.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Neat, thank you! I wasn't sure what caused large or small crystals forming. I noticed that these were longer and thinner than I usually see. A lot of times the proportions seem about the same regardless of the size.
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OrphanAlien Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is just gorgeous

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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Many thanks! I've yet to find another ammonite like this. Always keeping an eye out :)
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Slave2Karma Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Oooooh this is just lovely! The wire wrapping compliments the ammonite so perfectly! :heart:
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thank you!
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Nehemet Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow. Nicely framed!
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Many thanks, they're a crabby shape to work with, but I love them!
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DPBJewelry Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
The frosty crystals are remarkable. It looks almost soft. Once again, reluctantly approving the twisted wire. Ugh, Sandra, stop making me eat my words. :P
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
:glomp: and :giggle: They do look almost soft until they twinkle.
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DPBJewelry Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
The damn twinkle makes them even softer. I'm. Such a sap ....
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Hey, I'm the one who pounced on them and bought nearly a dozen ammonite pairs. Though this was the only of this color scheme I've found. (Downside being I store it in a bag so those little crystals don't get dusty!)
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DPBJewelry Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Really pretty and the twisted wire mirrors the walls of individual chambers beautifully.
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Lost-in-the-day Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lovely, ammonites are awesome.
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
The cleaness of the shape always fascinates me.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional
Lovely. I used have something similar about 10 years ago. Alas, it was stolen. This is a truly gorgeous piece :)
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Oh I'm sorry, that's rotten.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional
It happens :) You're a very talented jeweler. I interned briefly with a goldsmith and I know what an intricate, detailed art it is :D
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
That's so cool. I'd love to try it. There was one place a little way off to take classes, but it was a big group, not an apprenticeship situation.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional
Sorry to hear that. I was lucky enough to know the goldsmith personally. Did nearly have a heatattack when I knocked over a tray of teeny diamonds though! Lucky we found them all
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Oh my, yeah, with my coordination that might be a bad idea...
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional
Glad I'm not the only one :)
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
FIne motor skills=not as good as I'd like but pretty good. Ability to function beyond crafting=not so hot and covered in bruises!
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erene Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Truly amazing piece!
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LunaWind Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
very cool. I just love the tiny crystals. I can't get small ammonites here, the rock dealers have huge ones, but none small enough for jewelry making.
The hunt is on.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Where are you (if you dont' mind my asking)?
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional
nice job
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
thanks.
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boxedinn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow amazing wire wrapping job. Love the heart at the top! So pretty! <3
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
The heart was unintentional, mostly a consequence of loving to use loops and spirals ;)
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Rhissanna Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really elegant, shows off the stone really well, just a spiral twist at the top to echo the stone. Beautifully done.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Thank you. I love doing these, but always forget how long the style takes for some reason. The different thicknesses perhaps.
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skezzcrom Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice work :)
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ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This came out looking fantastic, beautiful work as always!
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
:hug:
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Pr0teusUnbound Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh i like this one
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
thanks
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horai Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Purty
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TinyPasserine Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very pretty ammonite. Lovely pendant overall :D
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Many thanks.
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aldwarke Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
This is one of those pictures that I could look at all day and still find something new to admire.
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
:glomp:
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MorrighanGW Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooo pretty!!
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Some day I will abduct you to run amuck with at one of these shows :p
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MorrighanGW Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! i've never seen a crystal-y one before either~ it's so pretty!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Thank you. I'm still hoping to figure out why the difference.
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