Hi there,

Yep, you heard it correctly, I wire wrapped a trilobite! For those who are not fossil junkies, Wikipedia lists a trilobite as: (ˈtraɪləbaɪt/, /ˈtrɪləbaɪt/; meaning “three lobes”) are a well-known fossil group of extinct marine arthropods that form the class Trilobita. The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record defines the base of the Atdabanian stage of the Early Cambrian period (526 million years ago), and they flourished throughout the lower Paleozoic era before beginning a drawn-out decline to extinction when, during the Devonian, almost all trilobite orders, with the sole exception of Proetida, died out. Trilobites finally disappeared in the mass extinction at the end of the Permian about 250 million years ago. The trilobites were among the most successful of all early animals, roaming the oceans for over 270 million years.



I happen to really like these little things. I think they are totally cool! I even made up a little song for them, sung to “Catch a Shooting Star”. It goes: Catch a trilobite and put it in your pocket, never, never let it go. (Ya, it’s cheesy.)

A couple years ago, my hubby and I stopped in Quartzite, AZ on the way out to CA to visit friends, and he bought me a nice little one still in it’s rocky tomb. I asked a friend’s 7 year old son what we should name it, and he replied, “Fernando.” So, Fernando is not small or flat enough to wire wrap, he sits in my curio cabinet next to an antique vase from my mother-in-law… but I digress.

Last weekend, my hubby took me to a local little gem and mineral show at one of the local community colleges. It was perfect! One of the first pieces I picked up was a flat little trilobite. I must say, I was really excited about wire wrapping it, and it was the first of my little treasures from the show that I had to wrap. I actually wrapped it when we got home.

This is a wonderful little piece because it not only shows the top of the trilobite, but also the bottom. The trilobite itself is about 1 1/4 inches long by just under an inch wide. With the wire wrapping (in sterling silver), it’s just shy of 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. I chose to make the ends of the wire wrapping flat above the trilobite’s head so they resemble little antenna or feelers.

Here are the scans of the top and bottom of the piece.

Trilobite Top

Trilobite Bottom

I am really going to enjoy wearing this way cool fossil. My hubby already has plans for me to get a couple more so I can wrap them and put them up on my Etsy shop. I want to see how popular they are, take it for a test drive, before I put them out there.

At the gem & mineral show, I also go ammonites (fossilized spiral shells), another kind of little sea bug fossil that I don’t remember the name of, a fossilized sand dollar, a little fossilized fish, and some really lovely stone cabochons to wire wrap. Look for those coming up in future posts.