Spumellaria Radiolarian Pendant, large
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This pendant is based on Spumellaria, a type of Radiolaria. Radiolaria are aquatic protozoan life forms that develop a fantastically intricate silica-containing shell. The sea floor is composed of their microscopic fossilized skeletons. The Radiolarian 'Spumellaria' is defined by its elaborate sphere-within-a-sphere construction. The delicate spines on the shell are important for the buoyancy of the plankton during its lifetime, but break off when the shell is deposited in the sea bed. This design was inspired by a drawing by the German naturalist, Prof. Ernst Haeckel.
The pendant is approximately 4.2 cm in diameter, including spikes. Pendant shown in first photo was printed in silver, pendant in photos 2 & 3 was printed in bronze and pendant in the last photo was printed in gold-plated steel.
The pendant is 3D printed in solid sterling silver, bronze, brass or gold-plated steel and finished with a sterling silver, gold-plated silver or rose gold-plated silver anchor chain to match.