Ammonites are a fossilized mollusk, similar to their current-day cousins, the nautilus. They date to the Cretaceous Period, and are around 102-108 million years old. The chambers in their shell gave them buoyancy. They belong to the cephalopod subclass Ammonoidea.
This piece is a whole ammonite, and is so pretty on both sides that I wrapped it to be reversible! It is difficult to photograph the fiery color well; my photo doesn't quite do it justice.
Wrapped in 14 karat gold filled wire. 14 karat gold fill wire is durable, containing about 100 times more gold than gold plate. It is considered to be heirloom quality.
2" X 1 1/8" approx.