The title 'Stones & Bones' was etched onto the front cover and etched fossil dinosaur bones and ferns accent the back cover. The cover is hinged in the front and opens to reveal the magical contents. The inset border has been textured to mimic the pages of a book. The locket latches on the side with a tiny clasp. The book's spine has ridges, just like the binding of old books. The book cover opens to reveal a page with an etched quote by Thoreau: "The earth is not merely a fragment of dead history". On the backside of the page hides a rosecut Ethiopian opal and my maker's mark (BLJ). Inside the book cavity are a bronze cast bone, a pyritized ammonite, and an iron-included salt & pepper diamond with a lovely red hue. The silver has been oxidized, a process which creates the blackened or antiqued appearance on silver. The raised points have been polished to shine, while the low points retain the oxidized color to show off the depth and details. This pendant measures 1.25" tall, 1" wide , and 0.25" deep. All metal used in this piece is sterling silver (with the exception of the bronze bone).
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This item is already made, and will be shipped 3-5 business days after the payment is processed. Shipping options will be available to choose upon check-out.
A few notes on caring for oxidized sterling silver: oxidized patina on sterling silver isn't particularly durable to long-term exposure to water (like bathing or swimming) or a lot of scrubbing, as friction is the way to polish silver to shine. Constant exposure to tasks such as hand washing, bathing, swimming, washing dishes, etc., will slowly wear away the oxidized patina leaving a shiny silver finish.
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