With the new July 15th release date every aspect of the collection will be polished to perfection. By adding some extra time I will be able to create cohesive flow that I can be completely proud of throughout the designs, materials, photographs, and finishing touches.
Another reason the collection was pushed back to accommodate an exciting project at my seasonal job with the Colville National Forest. Due to early snow melt we resumed work sooner than expected on a Burned Area Emergency Response Project. I was helping with quality assurance on a aerial mulching project in areas that were severely burned in last year's Stickpin fire in Northeastern Washington. Normally I can keep the ball rolling on my jewelry business with a seasonal job, but with this project I was working 80 hour weeks, so things got a little crazy. I'm thrilled that the project just wrapped up! Now a nice mat of straw or wood mulch covering steep hillsides to protect our soils from erosion. Through November I am going to be deeply involved with the forest's water quality program, and soil crew, and stream crew, but with a much more normal schedule!
As you may remember, the new Ancient Ocean collection will be filled with ancient ammonite fossils and agatized fossil coral. Both of these ancient fossils share stunningly unique geometric patterns. The fossils will be set with whimsical swirls and spirals of sterling silver wire that enhance their natural beauty. If you love oceans, history, and the patterns of nature, then this collection is for you.
Ammonites are fascinating sea creatures that went extinct over 60 million years ago; their closest living relative is the nautilus. The segments that forms the spiraling pattern are chambers that were filled or emptied with water to allow the creature to control its buoyancy. The beautiful chambers also have proportions that fit the Fibonacci sequence, which is a list of numbers where every number is the sum of the previous two, creating a spiral. The Fibonacci sequence is considered an example of "sacred geometry", and the sequence can also be found many other places in nature (such as the proportions of pinecones and sunflowers).
Similarly, agatized fossil coral is formed from ancient coral, the cells of which were gradually replaced by agate from silica rich ground water. Most corals live in warm, shallow, tropical seas, (such as the Great Barrier Reef) and feed on plankton. Fossil corals can be from creatures up to 450 million years old. Corals are marine animals with a sac-like body, a mouth, tentacles and a skeleton. It is the skeleton that is fossilized. Corals may be solitary or form large colonies, and in fossil form often feature a lovely flower-like pattern.
These fossils are beautiful examples of the lifeforms and records that our planet is capable or creating. The pieces in this collection will be very special for any lover of natural processes, geologic history or ocean science.
I am truly sorry for the delay of the new collection, so please accept this special 40% OFF coupon for any items at www.kosmickrystals.com.
Before the Ancient Ocean Collection is officially released on July 15th, newsletter subscribers will get an exclusive password to access to the collection from 12 noon to 12 midnight PST on July 14th!