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Ammolite is the fossil shell of the Upper Cretaceous Ammonite, a squid-like marine animal. Ammonites lived about 70 to 75 million years ago, and were a favoured delicacy of the Mosasaur, a marine reptile. It would sink its teeth into the ammonite, the body would be devoured and the shell discarded and then fall to the sea bottom. Over millions of years the sediment would preserve the shell and this mineral-rich environment created iridescent greens, reds, yellows, rare blues and violets.
Found only in the Bearpaw formation that extends from Alberta to Saskatchewan in Canada and to Montana in the USA, the best grade of gem quality Ammolite is along high energy river systems on the eastern slopes of the rockies in southern Alberta.
The Blackfoot Indians who first discovered it, considered it to be a very powerful medicine stone and used it in their bison hunting rituals. Ammolite is one of the rarest gems on Earth and has continued to increase in value over the years as deposits are increasingly depleted. This Ammolite was mined deep in the Bearpaw Geological Formation and has the "Dragon Skin" pattern that is very popular, especially in the Orient where Ammolites are used in Feng Shui to promote health and prosperity. Although the material will appear to have "cracks" this is a normal formation due to the depth and location where it is mined and has no detrimental effect on the grade of the Ammolite. This beautiful AA Grade Gem has the whole range of natural colours.
Length: 8.25 inches , Width: 7.25 inches, Depth: 3 inches, Weight 8 pounds 14 ounces