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About the itemAs a child, I loved collecting fossils on the beach on holiday, especially when we went to Charmouth in Dorset, where I could find my favourite fossils, amonites. I always considered them perfect in their geometric simplicty, and was constantly striving to find the next, most perfect one. Sadly, ammonites fossils often decay from a disease caused by oxidisation, leaving only a pile of dust. When I noticed this was starting to happen with some favourites, I acted quickly and made molds so I could recast them into silver and they would be preserved forever. The ammonite has long fascinated humans and been carried as a talisman - their spiral shaped and endless coil is taken to signify the shape of the horns of Ammon, the egyptian god of life and reproduction.They were also interpreted as snakes turned to stone by earlier cultures and assumed to be the product of Saints who petrified serpents- and were thus regarded as lucky talismans with healing or divine powers. Modern Folklore has translated this to a form which signifies eternity, and therefore good fortune, but whatever you choose to believe, the ammonite is an enduringly beautiful form. This is the largest of our British ammonite charms, and unusual in that its original fossil form was nearly absolutely perfect - highly unusual for a fossil as they are normally deformed through stress or heat in some way, or damaged by wave action. Its beauty makes a striking statement either with other charms or alone - the ultimate in ammonite jewellery! Measuring 30 x 22 mm our sterling silver ammonite is both detailed and weighty, tactile and wearable.OTHER METALS : This charm is available on the site in sterling silver, but can be made in gold, platinum or palladium by special order. It can also be Rose gold or Yellow 18ct gold plated by special order - please contact us for details and an estimate of costAll our charms and pendants are suitable for our Rosa Necklaces, however some are in our opinion are probably too big for Rosa Bracelets. This pendant is suitable for Rosa Necklaces, or any other appropriate necklace, but we don't recommend it for bracelets.Dimensions:Length = 3cm (1.2 inches)Width = 2.2cm (0.9 inches)Weight = 24.8gStock Code: 40000850