Ammonites were free-swimming mollusks of the ancient oceans, living around the same time that the dinosaurs walked the Earth and disappearing during the same extinction event. They came in a range of sizes, from tiny species only a couple of centimeters across, to large ones reaching over two meters in diameter. The animal would have lived in the last and largest of a chain of spiraled chambers. Filling these chambers with fluid or gas allowed the ammonite to sink like a stone to avoid predators, though ammonite shells with tooth marks on them have been found, evidence that it didn't always work. Fossilized shells are usually, but not always, beautiful spirals.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful of all ammonites is the chambered ammonite. This is an ammonite where the inner chambers of the fossil have been replaced with various types of crystals. These chambers must be painstakingly polished and exposed. In this way, the fossil preparer may provide a glimpse into the inner ammonite fossil, a place that can be covered with beautiful crystals. Of course not all fossil ammonites have crystals on the inside. It is actually quite rare to find crystals inside ammonites. More often, the ammonite will have separated chambers that are filled in with solid rock, or the ammonite will have nothing inside but blank rock.
This specimen displays the Fibonacci sequence beautifully. This spiral is found in many growth patterns in nature, like in flowers and pine cones per example. The name ammonite finds it origins from the Egyptian god Ammon, for he saw in this creature divine powers. It's spiral represents continual change and evolution. Working with this fossil will help you transmute old stagnant energies into positive, loving life force energies and balance your mind, body and spirit.
A lot of polishing work goes into every one of these unique pieces. The ammonites must be polished very carefully by expert polishers to avoid breakage. The age of the chambered ammonites is approximately 135 million years old. The pieces are very unusual and rare which makes them true collector items.
This particular ammonite features incredibly detailed suture patterns on the shell. Sutures are very distinctive and are an important aid in the classification of ammonites.
- Dimensions: 120 mm x 98 mm x 11 mm.
- Genuine fossil.
- This item includes an information card about the fossil.
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item.
- A plastic display stand is included with this item.
This fossil requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, will damage it over time. If you polish the stone, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.
This fossil is also known as: Chambered Ammonite, Golden Ammonite