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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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heart locketValentine's Day was first associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love was in full swing.  The day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confections, and sending greeting cards known as valentines.  Cards are nice, but we also recommend you celebrate the day by making/buying, and giving Valentine's Day jewelry, as shown in this inspired piece by  Kriya Designs (from

The Bead Collection has a number of special focal beads and pendants for your own creations -- check them out at -- February 14 will be here before you know it!   We'd like to hear from you about your favorite Valentine's Day stories, especially on the theme of giving or receiving jewelry such as this.  Please share!


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