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Approx. Dimensions: 12x14x6 mm
This pendant is made with .925 Sterling Silver. Chain is not included.
Ammolite is an exquisite and rare gemstone that comes from the fossilized shells of ancient ammonite. Ammonites were marine creatures that lived millions of years ago, and their shells became preserved in sedimentary rock formations. Over time, the organic material in these shells underwent mineralization, transforming into a stunning and colorful gemstone known as ammolite.
The most striking feature of ammolite is its iridescent play-of-color, which rivals the finest opals. The gemstone exhibits a dazzling range of colors, including vibrant reds, oranges, greens, blues, and purples. This iridescence is caused by the diffraction of light as it interacts with the layers of aragonite, the mineral that makes up the fossilized shell.
Ammolite is often used in jewelry, primarily in the form of cabochons, where the iridescent colors are showcased to their best advantage. It can be found in rings, pendants, earrings, and other ornamental pieces. Due to its unique beauty and limited availability, ammolite jewelry is highly prized by collectors and those who appreciate its exceptional appearance.
The gemstone is found primarily in a region of Alberta, Canada, known as the Bearpaw Formation. The Canadian ammolite is particularly esteemed for its high-quality iridescence and vibrant colors. Ammolite has also been found in some other parts of the world, but Canadian ammolite is generally considered the most sought-after.
Metaphysically, ammolite is believed by some to possess healing and spiritual properties. It's associated with energy, luck, and transformation, and some people use it for meditation and spiritual growth.
Because ammolite is derived from a limited source and requires careful cutting to maximize its play-of-color, it's considered a rare and valuable gemstone. Its intricate patterns and shifting colors make it a unique addition to the world of gemstones and jewelry.