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Ammolite is a close relative of pearls, belonging to the group of organic "stones", which also includes coral, amber, mother of pearl, and jet. It is the mother-of-pearl layer of ancient marine ammonite mollusks that lived on Earth about 300 million years ago.
Today it is one of the rarest stones. It can only be found on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The formation of ammolite here is associated with a change in the ocean and volcanic activity boundaries. As a result, the colonies of ancient mollusks of ammonites were buried under a layer of ash and rock.
Ammolite stone description:
Color. The main colors of ammolite are a combination of red and green with yellow, orange, blue-green, and blue. Stronger and thicker layers of aragonite provide this color. Ammolites of violet and pink colors are less common since they require fragile aragonite layers.
Value. This is a rather rare specimen that is of particular value due to its history of appearance. The price for large, high-quality ammolite at jewelry auctions reaches $200,000.
Places of mining. The vast majority of ammonites are obtained in the Rocky Mountains in Canada. The Bear paw ammolite deposit situated in Alberta is the only area capable of producing huge production volumes.
Ammolite was officially recognized as a gem only in 1981 when its commercial mining began. Stone reserves are constantly decreasing, and scientists expect that they will be completely depleted at the current production scale in about 20 years. Therefore, it can be safely called rare and worthy of any unique gem collection!
Ammolite stone features
These rare stones can shimmer with just a few shades of the same color or dozens of colors at once. This optical phenomenon is explained by the fact that the stone has a layered structure, and during its formation, calcium carbonate (aragonite) was partially replaced by pyrite, calcite, quartz, and iron. Light, passing through many layers of the mineral, is repeatedly reflected from them. The interference created in this way gives the effect of changing the stone's color at different angles of its rotation.
Ammolites are quite fragile and have a hardness of only 4.5-5 units on the Mohs scale. Therefore, when making jewelry, they are usually strengthened with an additional layer of resin, glass, or quartz. In addition, they are sensitive to the effects of various chemicals, and when wearing jewelry, you must protect them from perfume, creams, and detergents.
Long before ammolite gained recognition in the civilized world, the natives of North America revered it as a "buffalo stone" - a sign of strength, health, and prosperity. In addition, shamans used ammolite to control the water element: make it rain during a drought, protect crops from hail, and also when looking for water in the desert.
The Romans and Egyptians attributed to it the ability to cause prophetic dreams. In addition, ammolite was indispensable in the meditation process. In Feng Shui philosophy, ammolite is considered an influential mineral: it helps cleanse and strengthen the body and resists negative energy flow.
If you wish to acquire this mystical, rather ancient, and rare stone, then Gem Lovers will be happy to help you with this. There are no stones from pawnshops or previously used in other people's products in our catalog. We operate directly with deposits and trusted sellers.
At your request, we will draw up all the documents from an expert gemological laboratory, send you photos and video materials so that you can better examine the stone before buying. If you have not found a suitable ammolite on our website, we will be happy to find another exemplar for you based on your needs!
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