All The Brilliants

Meet the Fossils

Fossils are what happens when organic material is transformed into stone. This process happens to plants and animals all around the world in a number of conditions and environments. What I love even more is another transformation: when fossils become jewelry!

Incase you want to get inspired by a few brilliant women in paleontology, you will absolutely want to “meet” @Mary_Annings_Revenge, @BrittAndBone, and @Lady_Naturalist!

Meet the Fossils
 

Fossils are what happens when organic material is transformed into stone. This process happens to plants and animals all around the world in a number of conditions and environments. What I love even more is another transformation: when fossils become jewelry!

Incase you want to get inspired by a few brilliant women in paleontology, you will absolutely want to “meet” @Mary_Annings_Revenge, @BrittAndBone, and @Lady_Naturalist!

 
 
Feral Jewelry Mammoth Fossil Pendant

FERAL JEWELRY

What I love most about @FeralJewelry is the bold mash-up of the wild and the brilliant, the precious and the raw. Susan’s work (and choice of materials) connects us to the eternal mysteries of nature - literally with this carved mammoth fossil pendant! The most striking element for me is the way the reverse set black diamond at the bottom sets off the fossil, alongside additional white diamonds set in gold.

If you are discovering Susan’s work for the first time, you can see her jewels have a memorable, edgy glamour. What’s more, all of her jewelry “ingredients” are organic, recycled, and fiercely unbridled!

Zaffiro Fossilized Branch Coral Earrings

ZAFFIRO JEWELRY

It is humbling to behold the sublime diversity of fossils that captivate and fascinate from our evolutionary past. Even more so when designers like @ZaffiroJewelry come across treasures such as 140 million year old fossilized branch coral from the Bering Sea!

Embellished with Tahitian pearls and red spinels set in granulated 22 karat yellow gold, Elizabeth and Jack not only honor the artistic legacy of ancient Etruscans, but Mother Nature’s (much older) heirlooms!

Marla Aaron Fossil Earrings

MARLA AARON

What gives petrified wood the colors you see in material like @MarlaAaron's disks from her awesome earring project?

Minerals!

A-la iron, magnesium, and manganese!

Beyond the topic of awesome jewelry “ingredients”, Marla's seriously cool earrings are open invitations to endlessly play with her convertible lozenges and disks. With earring base in hand (or ear), they are: stackable, light, colorful, reversible, mixable, matchable, made with all kinds of materials, and oh so wonderfully wearable! What's not to love?


Ornella Iannuzzi Ammonite Fossil cufflinks

ORNELLA IANNUZZI

150 million years ago, this happened! 

Today, cufflinks are for him or her... how beautiful is this evolution?

@OrnellaIannuzzi’s black pyrite ammonite fossils cufflinks are from her one-of-a-kind “Les Exceptionnelles” collection. Her design signature is all about celebrating Mother Nature's brilliant beauty and the character of her mineral alchemy. 

As it is Women’s History Month, let’s carry on making history, ladies!

Original Eve Fossilized Opal Earrings

ORIGINAL EVE

Everyone knows of #MotherNature's magic that turns organic material into stone, but ever wonder about the dissolved minerals in her fossil paintbox?

@OriginalEveDesigns’ fossilized opal jewels absolutely beg this beautiful question! Don't scroll down to quickly, if you want to take a guess on a few of Mother Nature's secret pigments...

Two things you need to know about Eve.

One, she is SO fun to geek out with on unusual gems (and anything else, really).

Second, she makes every effort to preserve our natural landscape by using recycled metal and gemstones from sustainable, ethical sources with traceable origins wherever possible.

Now for some color decoding!

Black: carbon

Green and Blue: cobalt

Green and Blue: chrome

Green and Blue: copper

Red, Brown and Yellow: iron oxide (rust)

Black, Yellow: magnesium oxide

Pink, Orange: manganese and iron

 

Kindly email Melissa with interest in these jewels!