Ceratium Dinoflagellate Pendant
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This out of the ordinary pendant is inspired by the dinoflagellate genus Ceratium. Dinoflagellates are unicellular eukaryotes that use flagella for locomotion. They live in both freshwater and marine aquatic environments. Ceratium is an especially beautiful genus characterized by two flagella, armored plates and two curving horns. Some species of Ceratium are red to brown in color due to photosynthetic chromatophores in their cytosol, and they, along with other dinoflagellate genera, cause red tides in the ocean when they bloom. These organisms excrete toxins that accumulate in shellfish, making it dangerous to eat shellfish during a bloom. Breathing the spray from the ocean during a bloom can cause respiratory problems in humans.
Pendant is 1.9 cm (0.75 inches) long below the loop and 1.9 cm (0.75 inches) wide.
The pendant is 3D printed in solid sterling silver, bronze, or 14K gold plated brass (shown) and finished with a sterling silver, gold-plated silver or rose gold-plated silver anchor chain to match. The pendant is polished only lightly to retain details and has a slightly matte texture.