A smaller version of the Hild's Eye pendant-- an ammonite fossil is set in hand forged copper forms this rustic pendant. This little creature that lived over 60 million years ago has left a ghost of itself, an elegant spiral to remind us of the continuity of life. I have created a setting using free-form wrapped copper that has been work hardened, patina'ed and polished.
The pendant hangs from a 19" length of vegan suede and closes with a hand forged clasp in my Bird Mother shape, inspired by ancient bird goddess iconography. .
In medieval folklore, these fossils were considered snakes that had been turned to stone by a saint, one of which was St. Hilda of Whitby. They were considered "serpent stones" and often the head of a snake was carved onto the fossils and sold as souvenirs to pilgrims. This specimen resembles a ghostly eye.