*Centerpiece and earrings of Kona Dolomite cut by Gary Wilson
*Datolite cut by Gary Wilson
*Freshwater pearls
*Sterling settings, beads, findings
*Earrings have 14k gold posts
*Necklace is signed, numbered, dated

Length: 19"-24" (48 cm - 61 cm) Shown on model at shortest length
Centerpiece: 2" x 3.25" (5 cm x 8 cm)
Weight: 4.3 oz (122 gm)

Earring length: 1.5" (4 cm)
Earring weight: 5 gm ea (a nickel weighs about 5 gm)

Item #673 - $1,125 (set)

Necklace and
Earrings - $1,125:
      Necklace alone

Mars Landscape Necklace and Earrings

Mars Landscape Necklace
Mars Landscape Necklace Detail
Mars Landscape Necklace Detail
Mars Landscape Necklace on model
Mars Landscape Earrings
Mars Landscape Necklace
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Kona Dolomite is instantly recognizable because of its distinctive color and fascinating patterns. Found in the Kona Hills of Michigan, it is ancient rock, over 2 billion years old. The images in the stone are stromatolites, fossil biofilms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) which are thought to have been the first photosynthetic organisms and responsible for introducing oxygen into our atmosphere. Stromatolites are still forming today, mostly in hypersaline areas like Shark Bay, Australia.

The landscape in this stone reminded me of images from Mars so I put a Mars lizard on the back of the setting. I'm sure you've seen the various animals, people, old engines, crashed UFOs, moving "rocks" and assorted weirdness in the Curiosity images. One of the lizards is shown here, a very convincing iguana here, and both a shiny-eyed lizard and a duck can be seen here (assuming you have an imagination!). I sure wish we'd check out Cydonia! (Really, friends, there is no need to write and explain pareidolia to me.)

The smaller cabochon on the side of the necklace is Datolite which I thought blended with the colors in the Dolomite very nicely. The Wikipedia article on Datolite has a photo of a very similar specimen (though the color is not nearly as beautiful) which also came from Michigan. Simmons (below) raves about Datolite claiming it opens one's subtle vision. The Dolomite can provide a grounding influence in this work. Ahsian and Melody emphasize different aspects of Datolite's metaphysical properties from Simmons whereas usually there is more agreement among them. It appears you will have to test the various observations for yourself. I hope you will order this set and let me know what you discover!