Fossils in the Jewelry Business

Fossils are not your everyday gem material, but they can have a place in your store. From small tablets set into pendants to tabletop accessories—even table tops themselves—fossils can make a statement. Maison Sijilmassa, located in New York City, imports fossilized prehistoric marine life—orthoceras and ammonites—visible throughout various colored marbles: Hezhra (medium gray), Kajal (black), Sijilmassa (brown), Bordeaux (red) and Charcoal (dark gray). Fossil marbles are quarried from what Sijilmassa describes as an ancient Mediterranean seabed. Within each colored marble, orthoceras—which means "straight horn"—appear as spaceship-like elongated cylindrical spears. Ammonites are nautilus-shaped spirals. Ancient sea life. Orthoceras and ammonites are prehistoric marine organisms that existed in ancient seas between the Silurian Period (approximately 435 million years ago)

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