These hallmarked sterling silver cufflinks are each claw set with a fascinating and unique Elrathia Trilobite fossil. Each cufflink measures roughly 19x14x4mm, not including toggle. Will be sent in a Two Skies presentation box, ready for gifting.
Trilobite Sterling Silver Cufflinks
Dug by hand in Utah, this Elrathia species, Trilobite fossil is a remarkable, hard-shelled, segmented creatures that existed over 520 million years ago in the Earth's ancient seas! Although all extinct now, (they went extinct before dinosaurs even came into existence!) they represent among the first explosions of biological diversity that this amazing planet of ours has generated over time.
Until the early 1900s, the Ute Native Americans of Utah wore these trilobites, which they called pachavee (little water bug), as amulets. A hole was bored in the head and the fossil was worn on a string. According to the Ute themselves, trilobite necklaces protect against disease and bullets.