Archaeopteryx Pendant

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The Archaeopteryx pendant illustrates an important fossil with features of both birds and lizards. Like birds, Archaeopteryx had opposable toes, a wishbone and feathers. Its neck curved in a gentle S-shape like herons and egrets. Similar to dinosaurs, it had gastralia, i.e., free floating vertebrae in the trunk that are only seen in dinosaurs and modern day crocodiles. It had three fingers with claws extending from its wings, something birds do not have. Archaeopteryx had teeth, unlike birds. Finally, Archaeopteryx had a long bony tail to which its tail feathers were attached, whereas modern birds have a "pygostyle," a much reduced and fused caudal vertebra to support the tail feathers.

One of the most beautiful Archaeopteryx fossils ever discovered can be seen at the Naturkundemuseum Berlin. It has been called the "Mona Lisa of Fossils."

The Archaeopteryx pendant is 5.6 cm (2.2 inches) long below the loop. WARNING: The design has many pointy features so I am only offering it on a 60 cm (24 inch) chain so that it hangs on your shirt and not on your skin. Neverthless, please be careful when wearing this pendant as it could scratch your skin or snag your clothing. The interior wing is folded closer to the body of the Archaeopteryx than the outer wing to prevent it from scratching the wearer.

The pendant shown is 3D printed in solid bronze. Available also in 14K gold plated brass and sterling silver, and finished with a 60 cm long anchor chain to match. Please note that the silver and bronze versions of the pendant are only polished lightly to preserve fine details.

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Jewelry in stock will be shipped within 1-2 days.

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Australia      DHL 10-12 days 16.82 €
Canada DHL 5-8 days 15.80 €
European Union DHL 2-9 days 13.22 €
Germany DHL 1-2 days 4.99 €
Iceland UPS 3-5 days 15.80 €
Jena, Germany 10 km radius local delivery free
Japan DHL 4-6 days 15.80 €
Norway DHL 5-7 days 17.12 €
Switzerland DHL 2-4 days 16.70 €
United Kingdom UPS 3-5 days
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United States UPS 3-5 days 15.80 €
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You will be notified by mail when your order ships and given a tracking number so that you can follow your shipment. Ontogenie jewelry is shipped internationally from Germany via DHL and other carriers. Your jewelry will be gift-wrapped in original Ontogenie packaging.

In the unlikely event that your jewelry shipment is delayed by your local customs office, you are responsible for paying any fees incurred.

T-Shirt Shipping

T-shirt shipping costs 4 Euros.

Ontogenie T-shirts are printed in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA and Riga, Latvia in Europe. T-shirt printing requires 2-7 days fulfilment time. After fulfilment, your shipment should arrive in 3-10 business days.

In the unlikely event that your shirt shipment is delayed by your local customs office, Ontogenie is not liable for any fees incurred.

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Ontogenie jewelry is 3D printed in wax and then cast in solid sterling silver, solid brass and solid bronze as well as gold-plated brass. The silver and bronze pieces, and to a lesser extent brass, will tarnish and discolor slightly over time. This is completely normal for these materials. Since moisture tends to accelerate the tarnishing process, I recommend that you don't wear the jewelry in water, e.g., while bathing, showering or swimming. The oils in your skin will also contribute to tarnishing. I recommend polishing the jewelry with a soft cloth after wear and storage in a dark, dry place to slow the oxidation which causes tarnish.

If the jewelry should tarnish, I've found that it can be returned to its original brilliance and color by using a gentle, nonabrasive silver polish. The more detailed and highly textured pieces will be more difficult to polish because of surface variations. To polish these, I recommend using a very soft toothbrush with the silver polish to allow cleaning of small crevices. After polishing, you can remove excess polish by rinsing the jewelry in water and then washing the piece in with a gentle detergent followed by a final water rinse.

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The gold-plated materials, however, should not be vigorously polished as the plating is likely to wear off over time. The gold-plated materials are much less susceptible to tarnishing and will probably never need to be polished.

All of the jewelry should be protected from impact against hard surfaces as this could cause scratches.