This one-of-a-kind ring is made using a piece of fossil crinoid.
Crinoids are lovely and graceful-looking sea creatures that resemble fern-like plants but are really animals. Commonly called sea lilies, they're Echinoderms, relatives of sea urchins and starfish, and they are one of Nature's success stories, having been around for 530 million years. Ancient Crinoids sported feathery arms sprouting from a stalk anchored on the ocean floor, while their modern descendants mostly don't have stalks. Their soft , filter-feeding bodies are supported by a framework calcium carbonate segments called ossicles, and it's the ossicles that you see in these fossils.
The fossil is needle-felted inside grey merino wool roving, with a UV resin 'frame' giving it an interesting hard texture. This piece also features Faux Bone, sterling silver tube, sterling silver wire wrapping (partly antiqued), black cotton thread and natural freshwater pearls (pink and white).
Size - US 6 to 7 (the wool makes the sizing a little flexible).
Height of grey wool 'jewel' above ring is about 1 inch (2.5 cm).
Was part of the curated 'handSTAND Exhibition' in the NZ Jewellery Show 2009, Auckland.