This eye-catching Necklace showcases a Toredo Wood and Sterling Silver Pendant by Nevada Silversmith Jim Daggett. Toredo Petrified Wood is North Dakota's state fossil, found in 60 million Paleocene deposits in the southwestern area of the state. Before fossilizing it was drift wood (ginko, bald cypress, etc.) that had been drilled into by Toredo clams, creating a Swiss Cheese effect. Toredo Petrified Wood was added to the Smithsonian Institution's mineral collection in 1967. Our Teredo Wood is a rich black with olive green markings. The green is close in tone to the black, creating a subtle and attractive pattern. The Toredo Wood has been wrapped in a handcrafted 1/4-inch tall notched Bezel, and set on Sterling Silver Plate that mirrors the shape of the stone. The Pendant drapes from a V-shaped Bail, and is stamped on the back with the Artist's hallmark and "Sterling." We've paired this great piece with 2 strands of 8mm green Labradorite Rounds, which echo the hues in the Pendant stone. The Labradorite is slightly iridescent, emitting small flashes of blue when held to the light. The Labradorite is complemented by near-black 6mm Obisidian Rounds and 4mm translucent green Fire Polished Glass. These elements add color depth and sparkle. The stones are highlighted by two 15mm handcrafted Sterling Silver Rondelle Beads, which have been placed on with side of the Pendant bail. At the top of the Necklace the 2 strands of Labradorite transition to 2 strands of Fire Polished Glass, streamlining the silhouette and ensuring wearer comfort. The Necklace is finished with Sterling Silver Rounds and Toggle Clasp and adorned with a Southwest Designs Sterling Charm. The piece weighs 108 grams and is 20 inches long plus the Pendant, which is 2-5/8 inches by 1-3/8 inches including the 1/2-inch Bail (when wearing, a vertical hang length of about 9 inches).
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