Facts, History, Color and Power
Exhibiting a kaleidoscopic display of exquisite colours, Ammolite is a gemstone similar to that of black opal, made from the fossilized shells of the ammonite. Ammolite is a rare gemstones that is organic in nature. Other gemstones that are biogenic are amber and pearl. The fossilized shells of ammonites are primarily composed of aragonite, which produces iridescent pearls as well.
Ammolite was given the honor of official gemstone status in 1981 by the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO). It was in the same year when commercial mining of Ammolite began.
Ammolite gemstone can have an infinite array of color combinations. Higher grades will have distinct multi-color spectrum as vast as a rainbow, while lower grade gemstones will show less vibrant colors in a more limited range. Generally red/green is more common than blue or purple, but there are certain hues, like crimson or violet or gold that are very rare and in high demand.
Where is Ammolite found?
Gem quality Ammolite is only found in the Bearpaw geological formation along the slopes of Rockies in Southern Alberta, Canada.
Ammolite is considered a powerful Feng Shui element. The experts and masters of Feng Shui believe that due to Ammolite’s origin, it has absorbed cosmic energies, making it a powerful stone. Often referred to as “seven color prosperity stone”. In Feng Shui all seven colors of Ammolite represent some power.
Ammolite is truly one of the rarest gems in the word. Being primarily composed of the aragonite, it also includes silica, calcite, pyrite, and various other materials. The shell of Ammolite contains minerals such as aluminum, chromium, barium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, titanium, strontium, and vanadium. The natural hardness of Ammolite on Mohs scale is between 3.5 to 4.0.