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Ammonite is Nervous System's Spring/Summer jewelry collection for 2012. Ammonite takes inspiration from the interlocking suture patterns found on the fossilized shells of ammonites, an extinct relative of the octopus that roamed the ancient oceans. The sutures are complex, fractal boundaries that separate the chambers of an ammonite’s shell.

Though their true origin is unknown, we used a simulation of dendritic solidification to make suture-like patterns. Branching structures emerge during supercooled crystal growth due to the interplay of phase change and temperature as liquid becomes solid.

The collection features fluid, branching forms where positive and negative shapes interpenetrate to form a complex boundary. Many of the designs are built from a series of topographic contours, each representing a snapshot of the growth process. Other pieces showcase the bold organic silhouettes of the final forms. The delicate stainless steel designs are mounted on high contrast black or white acrylic. The acrylic pieces are laser cut and thermo-formed in our studio and the stainless steel is photochemically etched in Minnesota.

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