Ammonites are an extinct group of marine invertebrate animals in the subclass Ammonoidea of the class Cephalopoda. That is according to Wikipedia, word for word. Unlike other gemstones, Ammonites are really fossils. They have elements of nacre and mother-of-pearl like the oysters and clams they’re related to and in the fossilization process they become something with an otherworldly beauty.
Ammonites vary in size from small ones you can easily hold in your hand to the Granddaddy pictured above: it’s 2.5 FEET in diameter.
While we tend to get all excited about the colours these beauties exude, the entire creature was a marvel. Don’t even get me started on Fibonacci Sequences. Just look at the spiral precision of these marvels.
A great deal of ammonite is found in North America and, of specific importance to me, in Alberta, Canada, right next door. When ammonite is found that is iridescent, if it is in good condition and graded as gem quality, it is called Ammolite.
I picked up some cabochons this week that these pictures just don’t do justice to. It’s so tough to properly photograph something that has glowing colours that shift and change.
It’s sort of like trying to capture the northern lights in a brightly-lit room.
Or a firefly at midday.
Seriously, if you love opals or labradorite, Ammonites will make you very happy.
I’m thinking pendants. Swirly pendants. I need fire……fire…..heh heh heh…..fire.