Fossil Coral Earrings III
Fossilized Coral, Yellow Bronze, Gold-Fill Ear Wires
2 3/8" H x 1/2" W
Fossilized Coral is one of my favorite stones. These earrings showcase a matched pair with exquisite coloring. They are enclosed on top by a simple organic crown, minimally adorned to let their unique beauty shine.
The oldest known fossil corals date back 500 million years. Fossil coral is a natural gemstone formed when prehistoric coral is gradually replaced with agate, a variety of naturally occurring chalcedony, or microcrystalline quartz. The coral skeletons are fossilized and preserved, often leaving flower-like patterns in the stone. The colors vary widely within a single stone, ranging from white, pink, lavender, brown, gray, black, yellow, and red - depending on weathering, oxidation, and the original mineral content.
Color, size, pattern, inclusions, and texture differ from stone to stone making each piece one of a kind. If dropped or hit against a hard surface the stones can break. Each stone is a unique, natural material and must be handled with care.