Why you should add Ammolite to your collection

Why you should add Ammolite to your collection

What is Ammolite?

Ammolite is a rare and unusual substance that is a fossilized form of the mineral Aragonite. Ammolite comes from the fossilized shells of extinct marine mollusks called Ammonites, these creatures lived in the prehistoric seas approximately 70-135 million years ago. Ammonite shells are found all over the world, but southern Alberta is the only place in the world where the shells fossilize into the bright colours. 

Experts are unsure why the fossilization process of the Ammonites in southern Alberta varies from other Ammonites found around the world. Some believe a volcanic eruption might have encased some of the Ammonites in ironstone, which may be responsible for the unusual fossil colours. Only 5% of the ammonites in southern Alberta have "Ammolite" colour, and only a small percentage of these are suitable to be made into jewellery. 

What makes Ammolite so special?

Unique Iridescence 
Ammolite displays a remarkable play of color, exhibiting iridescent hues ranging from vibrant reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, and purples. This iridescence is a result of the light interference caused by the structure of the fossilized shell and the thin layers of aragonite mineral.

Ammolite is considered one of the rarest gemstones in the world. It is primarily found in the Bearpaw Formation of Alberta, Canada, making it a highly sought-after collector's item due to its rarity.

Connection to Earth's History
Ammolite is a unique link to the Earth's ancient past, as it originates from the fossilized remains of marine creatures that lived millions of years ago. Its rarity and geological significance add to its allure and appeal.

Symbolism and Spiritual Significance
Some cultures and belief systems attribute spiritual significance to ammolite, associating it with energy healing, prosperity, and well-being. It is often considered a symbol of transformation, growth, and harmony.

Versatile Use in Jewelry
Due to its captivating colors and rarity, ammolite is highly prized for use in jewelry. It is commonly crafted into exquisite pieces such as pendants, earrings, and rings, allowing wearers to showcase its natural beauty.

What pieces of Ammolite are most valuable?

Ammolite has a lot of variety and is found in an array of rainbow colours. Some colours are more valuable than others. Most commonly, Ammolite is green and red. Pieces with blue or violet are rarer and are often more valuable. Pieces that also display three or more colours are also more desirable.

Overall, ammolite's stunning iridescence, rarity, geological significance, and cultural symbolism make it a truly special and prized gemstone cherished by collectors and jewelry enthusiasts alike. 

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