Ammonite Love!

May 12, 2015 , In: Clay, Glass, Inspiration

My mom was looking at my ammonite beads the other day, and said, What are these?  I said, They’re ammonites.  She said, What’s that? So today, I thought I’d share with you what ammonites are and some beady ammonite love!

 Copyright-free stock image of a colony of ammonite fossils

Ammonites were prehistoric, squid-like, predatory creatures that lived in the oceans in spiral shells.  They had beak-like jaws (like a squid or octopus) inside tentacles that snagged their prey, such as fish and crustaceans.  They lived in schools and are a very abundant fossil.  They went extinct with the dinosaurs.

 Copyright free image of what swimming ammonites may have looked like.

 Copyright free image of the swirls of an ammonite fossil.

These are ammonite fossils that I own. Notice the gorgeous nacre (mother of pearl) on this first one.  It’s even prettier in person!

 Sue’s ammonite fossils

Ammonites are quite popular in jewelry designs.  Quite a few art bead makers make their own renditions of ammonite fossils to be used in jewelry.  Here are some great examples for your beading pleasure!

Hope you enjoyed the Tour of Ammonites!  Do you like to use fossils in your jewelry?  

Susan Kennedy
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Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
  1. Very interesting post! TFS

  2. Reply

    Sue, I love your new ammonite beads!!!!

  3. Reply

    Oh, I love fossils! My favorite is otocerus. They are so beautiful! Nice selection of ammonites. Thanks for sharing them.

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