Friday, June 3, 2011

Rescued From The Deep, Sort Of

The latest in my seemingly endless quest to update my gemstone web site: this material is very different from most of the stones I cut. It's actually a fossil.

 The fossil remains of turritella are the shells or the cast of shells from soft-bodied mollusks. Turritella are a type of sea snail with tall spiral shells. They vary in size from about 1/2 inch to 6 inches long. Turritella are found in seas all around the world. They live in the sediment on the sea floor where they filter fine particles of food from the water.

These stones make very interesting jewelry:
Or just nice specimens:
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