The colonial green alga, Pediastrum, is the inspiration for this pendant. Pediastrum is a freshwater colonial alga that forms an orderly geometric structure with 4 to164 cells. If the colony contains 16 or more cells, it forms concentric rings, giving the algal colony a star-like appearance. As cells age, they acquire multiple nuclei, as can be clearly seen in each cell of the pendant design. Pediastrum is also a type of plankton because it is not independently motile and simply floats in the water.
The pendant is 2.9 cm (1.14 in) in diameter below the loop. For a smaller version of the pendant, click here
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The bail loop on the pendant has an internal diameter of 4.2mm. The pendant itself is approximately 3cm in diameter.