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A delicate necklace and earring set of glass fossils and other curios-- hand wired in rosary style links around a brass lovebird center with a verdigris patina. A tassel of freshwater pearls, citrine, amber and moss agate hangs from the base of the birds. The rosary style links are made of two Czech glass nautilus, freshwater pearls and two Czech glass trilobites. These glass trilobites also take centre stage in the earrings, flanked by freshwater pearls. In the last photo, Sarah wears the black version of this necklace, available as a custom order.

This necklace is a tribute to the British 19th century fossil collector, Mary Anning, whose discoveries proved influential to the understanding of the history of life on earth in the early 19th century. The daughter of a cabinet maker, she gleaned the "curios" from the Blue Lias cliffs at Lyme Regis. The locals called them the devil's fingers, snake-stones and verteberries and in this necklace these unearthed treasures are formed of Czech glass, veined agate, freshwater pearls, picture jasper, carnelian, quartz and patina'ed brass.

Necklace measures 17" including Victorian style brass toggle clasp. This necklace can be made and inch or two shorter or longer to suit the wearer.

For those who are curious, I have written about Mary Anning, the mother of paleontology, on my blog: http://feralstrumpet.com/2012/01/02/the-fossil-hunter/

Your set will come wrapped up in a little gift bag. (A lovely customer has told me she reuses the gift bags, filling them with lavender and herbs and using them as drawer sachets to keep the moths away!)

All handmades are created one at a time in my little Victorian home in a cobblestone street in the shadow of the medieval walls of the city of York.

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The Fossil Collector Set. Steampunk Naturalist Necklace and Earrings with Glass Fossils and Freshwater Pearls


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: brass, Swarovski crystals, picture jasper, agate, quartz, amber, carnelian, Czech glass, freshwater pearls, pewter
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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