Summer is the one season where selfish pursuits don’t seem quite so misplaced – work takes a back seat to more hands-on creative pleasures and we get the chance to complete projects that lay fallow through the cold winter months. This gorgeous fossilized shell was found at Victoria Bead Town Designs last year and the thought of creating a piece that looked as though it had been unearthed in an archaeological dig percolated for many months before its completion this July. Called “serpentstone” in medieval England, ammonites were held to have healing or oracular powers; Hindu lore holds them to be an earthly manifestation of Vishnu. A vision of primeval sandy beaches inspired a simple necklace – tarnished beads, industrial chain and the shimmering hues of coppery peacock cultured freshwater pearls complement large bronzite ovals flanking an iridescent ammonite. Sand, sea and the perfect accessory warming up against sun-kissed skin combine to rejuvenate the soul.