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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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amethyst roughTumbled and rough gemstones and gemstone beads are one of my very favorite things. They have an appeal of their own, called ‘rough’ because they are the stones in their natural forms – found in the ground, just as mother nature made them. They are sometimes called ‘raw’ gems, but the proper name is rough.

I found several inspiring examples on Etsy, shown here just for fun. The first is BijaMalas’s collection of rough Amethyst points. These folks also appreciate rough stones for meditation, energy healing, reiki, crystal grids, and of course wire-wrapping.

rough necklaceThen there’s BlackVineDesignCo’s Lemurian seed Quartz and black suede necklace. Inspiring just to look at and imagine other variations on this theme or a similar design with different stones!

MysticalForestUK made some sweet little wire-wrapped quartz arrowhead pendants for use in jewelry-making (below)

 

rough quartz pendant

 

and PlutoJewels tempts us with some tourmaline in the rough (below to the left).

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Last but far from least, some stunning rough Mexican Opal from OzBeads. What would you make with these?

 

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Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

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