Crinoid Fossil Bracelets

Posted: August 22, 2009 in going coastal, texas

Crinoids were animals even though they resembled plants and have been called sea-lilies and feather stars. They have five-part symmetry and are kin to urchins and starfish. The best estimate I have found is that they are older than 320 million years old. They lived during the Carboniferous Period and during a mid-Carboniferous drop in sea level there was a massive crinoid extinction event. Texas was covered in ocean and large deposits of limestone and coal were forming at the same time. These crinoid fossils became imbedded in the limestone and millions of years later, erosion and expsoure have released the crinoid fossils back into the rivers and lakes of Texas. All of the crinoid fossils used in the bracelets that I make were found in the Brazos River. Check out this great wiki entry about the Carboniferous Period: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carboniferous

And BTW: I find it almost painful to part with my crinoid fossils, so that is why my bracelet listings are few and far between!
INTERNAL VIEW CRINOID BRACELET

Naturally waxed hemp bracelets featuring crinoid fossils from the Brazos River, double the hemp twine for added durability, and an adjustable knot closure for a perfect fit! Completely unique, no two are alike! NOTE: lots of room – unisex size

Texas crinoids are millions of years old. Texas was once covered in ocean and these crinoids moved about on long stalks (unlike modern day crinoids.) Fragments of these stalks were embedded in Texas limestone and after millions of years of erosion they can readily be found along the banks of the Brazos… that is, if you have a good eye for fossils. Native Americans used them for jewelry making and as currency, and in the 1700’s they were popularized by their use as rosary beads.

EXTERNAL VIEW CRINOID BRACELET

Bracelets available at:

http://goingcoastal.etsy.com/

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