Some of my favorite gemstones are those that have fossilized coral or other ancient creatures embedded in them. The patterns formed in these stones are intricate and, to me, fascinatingly beautiful!
This one you've seen on the Front Page. It's called "Fireworks" and is now for sale in my online shop. The design inspired me to add the hand-stamped fireworks pattern on the silver.
These fossil coral beads are drilled, fanning out in an overlapping pattern. I made this necklace from another necklace I bought at a craft fair. I rearranged the existing beads, added freshwater pearls and copper, and a handcrafted copper clasp (not shown). This was sold in my online shop awhile back.
This is a necklace I sold at Don's Salon89. The pendant features a gorgeous simulation of fossilized coral, done in polymer clay by a wonderful artist named Sandra deYoung. Sandra called her pendant "Faux Fossil Agate".
Fabulous Petoskey stone is a special fossilized stone found in and around Petoskey, Michigan. I bought these cabachons awhile ago and haven't decided what to make with them yet. But, I really love this stone. The pattern and color remind me of the undersides of mushrooms. I have had trouble finding nice drilled beads of Petoskey, but am always on the lookout for them. Suggestions would be welcome.