Ophrys Bee Orchid Pendant

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This botanical pendant is based on the unusual shape of the Ophrys bee orchid. This wild orchid species has evolved its shape and coloring to mimic a bee pollinating a flower. Although in northern Europe and England the orchid self pollinates and has lost the need to look like a bee, in southern Europe this orchid uses scent and its obvious visual cues to attract bee pollinators. The bees 'mate' with the orchid, collecting and depositing pollen along the way. The Ophrys photo was taken in the Leutra valley near Jena, Germany, a nature preserve rich in orchid diversity.

The pendant is approximately 2 cm (0.79 in) long below the loop and 2.5 cm (1 in) wide.

The pendant is available in solid sterling silver or 14K gold plated brass and finished with a sterling silver, gold plated silver anchor chain to match.

See also: Cymbidium Orchid Pendant and Lady's Slipper Orchid Pendant

Jewelry Shipping

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

Jewelry not in stock is available for pre-order and will ship in 2-3 weeks.

Orders totaling more than 100 Euros ship free.

For orders less than 100 Euro, shipping cost added at checkout will be:

                                     Germany      5.49 Euro

                              Rest of World      7.20 Euro

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 Deutsche Post. Your jewelry will be gift-wrapped in original Ontogenie packaging.

Approximate delivery times are listed below. During the December holidays, delivery times are typically longer.

Germany  2 - 4 days
European Union 3 - 5 days
Rest of the World 7 - 10 days

 

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

T-Shirt Shipping

Orders totaling more than 100 Euros ship free.

For orders less than 100 Euro, shipping cost added at checkout will be:

                                     Germany      5.49 Euro

                              Rest of World      7.20 Euro

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.

Express Shipping

Contact me at ontogenie3d@gmail.com for an express shipping quote. The cost of express shipping depends on your location and how soon you need your order.

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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. 

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08/03/2019
Emma H.

Gorgeous Product

Brought this, for the pendant, as a gift for my wedding - my husband and I plotted the growth of our local bee orchids - and it is beautiful, just like the flowers themselves. The only pendant like this I could find online. Postage was prompt and the display box and packaging was lovely. Thank you very much, it will be treasured. x

08/03/2019
Ontogenie

Thank you for your kind review, Emma. It is especially satisfying when something I’ve designed is so meaningful to someone’s life. All the best to you and your husband!

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01/12/2018
Richard

Bee Orchid Ophrys pendant in silver

What a work of art this is. I bought this as a Christmas present for my wife who absolutely loves it. This is a must have piece of jewellery for any nature enthusiasts!

01/12/2018
Ontogenie

That's so wonderful to hear, Richard! Thank you for your kind words.