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350 million years ago the world was a very different place. The area now known as Michigan lay very near the equator and was covered with warm shallow seas. Those seas were home to large coral reefs, which exist today as the fossils known as Petoskey Stones. Exclusive to the Great Lakes region and northern lower Michigan in particular, these lovely rocks were named the official State Stone of Michigan in 1965. There was a time when these were easy to find within their region, but hunting by rockhounds and tourists have made the once-common Petoskey a bit more of a challenge to locate!
The word Petoskey is derived from the Odawa word Pah-toh-se-geh, which means "light of the rising sun" or "rays of dawn". It was the name of a renowned chief of the Odawa Nation, and there is some dispute as to whether the stone was named for him or for the actual meaning of the word.
This is a beautiful chunky artist-cut cabochon - it's about 3/8" (1cm) thick, so it's a stone with a lot of presence! It has wonderful, distinct markings - a very nice specimen of this special rock and a truly one-of-a-kind pendant!
The deep black leather setting frames it perfectly, and it would suit men as well as women.

Approximate overall size of this pendant is 2-1/8" x 1-1/4" (5.4cm x 3.3cm). It hangs on a sterling silver drop-tube which floats freely on a 15" round leather cord (38.10cm) with a 3" (7.6 cm) silver plate extension chain for adjustment up to 18" length (45.72cm). It closes in back with a silver-plate lobster-claw clasp.*
(Please let me know if you would like a different length cord -- I will be happy to change it for you!)

*Sterling silver findings and chain are available for an up-charge; contact me for further info.

NEW OPTION! - I am now offering a braided-cord option for your Earth Medallion. See this listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/83597474/round-braid-leather-necklace-cord-black

The piece you see in this listing is the exact one you will get! (exception: the picture of the back is a file picture and NOT of this piece.)

A Note on Care: This pendant is finished with protective products to shield it from the natural moisture and oils of your skin. Casual moisture, such as getting caught in a rain shower, will not damage it. However, the setting IS leather and therefore this piece should not be worn swimming or in the shower. If you forget and the entire pendant gets wet, remove it immediately and HANG it to dry in an airy location away from sun and direct heat.

History of the Earth Medallion: I really like wearing stones and the feel of leather compliments the vibe perfectly. So I've created these. Made from the gifts of our planet, I call them Earth Medallions; stones set in leather. Using special techniques, I prepare and form leather to snugly and securely hold a polished stone cabochon in place. After hand-stitching tightly around the stone and applying protective finishes, I cut a window to reveal the beauty within. Each earthy hand-worked pendant is an artist-marked individual creation and includes a small leather pouch for safekeeping. (pouch color may vary from that pictured)

**Your entire order ships for just one shipping fee - no additional cost for additional items! All sales in USD **

Petoskey Stone and Leather Pendant Necklace - Coral Fossil - Michigan's State Stone - Earth Medallion

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: leather, dyes and finishes, heavy waxed thread, sterling silver drop tube, silver plate fittings, petoskey stone, 40mm cabochon, stone, fossil
  • Feedback: 1160 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Michigan, United States
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