Can You Say ORTHOCERA? August 07 2013, 0 Comments

Can you say "ORTHOCERA"?  We found these fossils on our trip up the Oregon coast last week.  They were in a little shop tucked away in a little town by the beach.  The contrast of black and white, the cool shape that lends itself to rings and pendants, and the story behind them, immediately drew our attention. 

Orthoceras are fossils from Morocco, Africa, were excavated from the Atlas Mountains, which were under the sea millions of years ago.  It was a sea dwelling creature that lived in shallow waters - today they would be most closely related to a squid or octopus. The fossils we found are in black marble.

Stay tuned to see what jewelry pieces we will create with these fascinating Orthoceras!