My collection of ‘Fossils in Silver’ continues to grow. This group of pendants all developed out of the original idea for the fossil cufflinks which started me down this particular design path.
Having seen how well the shape worked when dapped using a doming block, I started playing with ideas for creating a pendant. My first attempt simply took the same outline as the cufflinks, enlarged it slightly, formed it with block and punch to give it greater structure and depth, and finally adding a bead bail to make a simple but effective everyday wear pendant.
From there it was a simple jump to consider adding a gemstone. I repeated the small pendant design, but this time enhanced it by setting a 4mm Sky Blue Topaz gemstone into a bezel placed at the heart of the silver fossil.
Finally, I decided to ‘go large’! The last pendant in the set is, I think, the most stunning. It follows the basic pattern of the others but is much bolder. It is embellished with a large, beautifully deep coloured London Blue Topaz gemstone. I have also pierced out a shaped integral bail and the whole piece is set off to perfection with a knotted 1.5 mm thick Spiga (plaited) sterling silver chain.
I really love the overall effect of this piece – I have no doubt that it will get noticed!