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Orthoceras ("straight horn") is a genus of a now-extinct nautiloid cephalopod -- a once living, shell like organism. Each stone is polished to better reveal their lovely black and grey and off-white hues, and the vertebrae structure is clear as shown in the photos.
This set is predrilled (front to back) and ready for stringing into a matched necklace/earring set, or for use separately. The largest stone is approx. 39 x 24 mm., with an approx. 2 mm. hole. The two smaller ones are slightly different in size -- the smallest at approx. 34 x 14 mm., the larger at approx. 40 x 15 mm. The hole in this latter pendant (40 x 15 mm. one) is slightly chipped. Each of the smaller pendants has an approx. 1 mm. hole.

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nepal photoThis week, we're just going to say that we're deeply shocked and saddened by the devastation caused from the earthquake in Nepal. Nepal is the source of many of the finest, most beautiful and exotic beads and pendants in the world -- not to mention the beautiful and peaceful people of the region. During this time, the people and relief organizations in Nepal need money for immediate disaster response. Here are some of the organizations you can consider if you would like to give, and haven't had an opportunity: Unicef, the Red Cross, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders, or many other aid organizations who are already responding in Kathmandu and other regions.

And here are a few Etsy/Other shops who are selling items as a fundraising mechanism for the cause:

Please do what you can, if only to send your positive thoughts and messages.

Until Next Time,


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