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Nature of Material: A fossilized, mineralized ammonite shell (resembles a nautilus shell) or casts of the interior of the shell; chemical composition: variable, often aragonite, calcite, pyrite, silica, and others

Appearance: opaque ,gray to brown, sometimes with iridescent colors (non-iridescent material not normally used in jewelry).

Phenomena: iridescence

Variety and Trade Names
Also called Ammolite, korite, aapaok, and calcentine (Promotional name for iridescent Canadian material)
none known
Typical Size Range: may be very large; shells up to 2 ft (60 cm) in diameter are known
Typical Cutting Styles: cabochons, free form, tablets, doublets, triplets; shell cut in half as a display specimen.
Optic Character: AGG
Refractive Index: usually 1.52-1.68; varies with mineral content
Birefringence: usually .155; varies with mineral content
Specific Gravity: usually about 2.70; varies with mineral content
Polish Luster: vitreous
Fracture: uneven to granular
Luster: greasy to dull
Cleavage: usually none visible

Identifying Characteristics 
spiral structure of well preserved specimens; distinctive iridescent patterns, often mosaic-like
Method: lacquer coating
Effect: fills cracks and porous areas
Prevalence: unknown Detection: magnification
Stability: stable
Special Care Instructions: avoid solvents
Key Separations: visual appearance is unique
Care and Durability Factors:
Cleaning Methods: warm soapy water: safe, but hard bristle brush may leave scratches on lacquered material.

Hardness: variable
Toughness: fair to poor
Reaction to Heat: breaks down and loses iridescence
Stability to Light: stable
Reaction to Chemicals: attacked by acids

Availability: fossil specimens are limited; iridescent type used in jewelry is scarce
Public Recognition: unfamiliar Major Source: Canada (only source of iridescent material)
Recommended Disclosures: Avoid rough wear, heat, and chemicals. Advise if coated.
The Meaning Of Ammonite

AMMONITE THE STONE of Protection- Relaxation-easy breathe

To ease birthing pains, it encourages ones survival instincts and is grounding


Properties: Ammonite is a stone of protection. It provides for insight and it helps to assist one in seeing the ‘whole picture.’ Gives stability to it's user. Since it is associated with the Root Chakra, it encourages ones survival instincts and is grounding. 

Folk Remedies: Believed to ease birthing pains and bring relaxation. It helps to remind us to keep breathing, due to its circular design. 

History: Now extinct, the ammonite mollusk was a shelled Cephalopoda, usually appearing in a coiled, spiral shape. The extinction of ammonites coincided with the extinction of dinosaurs. 
Ammonites inhabited the world’s oceans and now appear as fossils in marine rocks. Because of their rapid evolution and wide distribution, ammonite fossils provide a useful tool for indexing and dating rocks. It is said that the original discus used by the ancient Greeks in their Olympics was in fact a fossilized ammonite. In India, ammonite fossils are identified with the god Vishnu and are used in various ceremonies. They are mostly collected in Nepal, from the bed of the River Gandaki where it cuts through Jurassic sediments. These fossils are known as "shaligram shila". The word ammonite is derived from Ammon, an Egyptian god who took the form of a ram.
Ammonites are similar in appearance to a ram's horn. Ammonites are the fossilized remains of ancient sea creatures that existed around 120 million years ago. They are a type of cephalopod mollusk and are found all over the world. Ammonite was prized by the ancient Egyptians and Romans, and was considered to have magical and holy powers. 
Having an ammonite fossil will attract health, prosperity, and good luck. Metaphysically they are a protective stone which gives structure & stability to a person's life. they clear negative energy blockages, converting it into positive energy, and they also assist with childbirth and depression. An important item for anyone interested in Feng Shui as the ammonite is believed to have absorbed the knowledge of the universe, radiating it out through the spirals of the shell. Ammolite (the shiny iridescent coating) has the energy of light from the centuries and its colors represent the harmonious balance of fire, earth, metal, water and wood. 


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