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Vintage black fossil stone beads 1970,Vintage Pakistani brass beads 1970,Vintage African wood beads 1980

Few people know what fossil stone is and it's even rarer to find beads made from it! I've used 12mm ( approximately 1/2" in diameter) dark charcoal gray fossil stone beads in this asymmetrical chunky necklace.

In a nutshell..
Although life has been present on earth for as much as 2 billion years, complex multi-cellular organisms did not appear until about halfway through this immense period of time. Life remained confined to the oceans until only about 400 million years ago. During eons of geologic time, marine organisms developed hard external shells for protection and defense. When the animals, died, these shells sank slowly to the bottom of the sea and accumulated into enormously thick beds, which eventually compressed into rock. Limestone, one of the most abundant of all sedimentary rocks on earth, was created in this way and fossil stone is a type of limestone!

Both African wooden beads ( the round one with a band of brass is 1" in diameter. The long oval hand carved wooden bead is 1 1/4 in length. Handmade Pakistani brass beads from one of our buying trips to Pakistan have also been added for focal pieces. There are also 12mm brass beads from the 1950's for additional shine. The focal metal pendant is approximately 1 1/4" in length

This necklace measures approximately 24 1/2" long and has been finished on a gold plated toggle clasp. It will arrive in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse all ready for gift giving.

Vintage Necklace Black Fossil Stone, African Wood, Brass -Geology 101


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage stone bead, vintage black fossil stone, vintage brass bead, vintage wood bead, metal pendant, white brass bead, recycled metal, toggle clasp
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  • Ships worldwide from Maryland, United States