The original fossil was very generously made available to me by a friend who has a career I admire and a collection I envy. The pendant was created from one side of the jaw bit using Precious Metal Clay. I really enjoy working with bones, and all molding, sculpting and polishing is done by hand in an effort to remain as faithful as possible to the structure and texture of the original piece.
Oreodonts are thought to have first evolved about 48 million years ago, finally becoming mysteriously extinct 4 million years ago. The mountain-like molars displayed on the pendant gave the Oreodont its original name and indicate the camel as one of its closest living relatives. These creatures were endemic to North America beginning in the Eocene epoch, and I've learned from a fellow Etsian who has prospected for Eocene fossils that they are now known to paleontologists as Merycoidodon, meaning "ruminating teeth". Many thanks for the information to very talented lapidary http://www.brontotheroocity.etsy.com
- Measurements -
20.25" [51.44cm] chain from jump ring to clasp
1" [2.54cm] long, 5/8" [1.59cm] wide, 4mm thick pendant
8.1 grams fine silver including hand fashioned hidden bail
If you like fossil jewelry, you may be interested in my necklace set with a real trilobite at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/83426079
Thanks so much for looking!