Fossil ammonite ring by the magical, mystical Momo of Mercurious Designs!
Dimensions: (Ring Face (with setting) is 1.05″ tall x 1.14″ wide) (Rise from band is .4″)
Weight: .68 ounces/9.3 grams
Mercurious Designs Sterling Silver collections have a rock ‘n roll hardcore carefree attitude. They are an eclectic blend of contemporary and tribal styles, somehow bold and timeless. Mercurious Designs is the warped brain child of Momo, a native Londoner, who has been refining his craft for over 20 years. He developed a passion for gemstones while exploring caves as a teenager, discovering underground caverns full of crystals, and he went on to study as a silversmith at college. He now has his studio in Bali, Indonesia where all his designs are hand-crafted. His creations are typified by unusual gemstones designed with an ancestral tribal touch welded to a post-industrial future. They are heavily influenced by natural forms and textures, inspired by mineral formations, the underwater world and wildlife. Mercurious gets its name, strangely enough, from Mercury, the planet that rules communication, and the Messenger of the Gods (aka Hermes). Mercury is also known as Quicksilver, the liquid metal that looks like molten silver.
AMMONITES-Some 350 million years ago, these relatives of the modern chambered nautilus shell flourished in warm, shallow seas. When great droughts led to their extinction about 65 million years ago, they were buried by layers of sediment from land erosions. It took many years for the shells of these ammonites to fossilize, a process by which the original shell material was replaced by the minerals in the sediment that buried them. While some of the earliest ammonites resembled long, straight chambered cones, most of them were coiled discs with complex patterns of ridges and suture lines. The suture pattern, important to species identification, shows where the inner chamber walls meet the outer shell. The animal that once lived in this shell resided near the entrance in the largest chamber.
Genus/Species: Cleoniceras sp.
Age: Cretaceous/Albian (approximately 110 million years)