What is Ammolite?

What is Ammolite

Ammolite - Color, Facts, Power, Mythology, History And Myths

Exhibiting a kaleidoscopic display of exquisite colours, Ammolite is a gemstone, quite similar to that of opal, made from the fossilized shells of ammonite. Ammolite is one of those gemstones, which is biogenic in nature i.e. made from a life process. Other gemstones that are biogenic are amber and pearl. The fossilized shells of ammonites are primarily composed of aragonite, which produces nacreous pearls as well.

Ammolite was given the honour of being an official gemstone in 1981 by the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO). It was in the same year when commercial mining of Ammolite was started.

Ammolite Colors

Gemstone Ammonite can be found in any color known in nature and the imagination of man. Or it could have an infinite array of color combinations in every square centimeter. The higher grades will have either a very strong, bright single color or contain a range of bright colors drawn from a color spectrum more vast than 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, derived from any of the primary colors that are very rare and in high demand.


Where is Ammolite found?

Ammolite is only found in the Bearpaw formation that spreads from south to Montana in the USA and Alberta to Saskatchewan in Canada. The best quality Ammolite is found along high energy river streams along the slopes of Rockies in Sothern Alberta.

Healing Properties

Ammolite is considered as the powerful Feng Shui element. The experts and masters of Feng Shui believe that due to Ammolite’s origin from the core of the earth, it has absorbed a lot of cosmic energies, and hence it is considered as a powerful stone. Often referred to as “seven color priority stone”, all the seven colors of Ammolite signifies some power.

  • Red stimulates progress and energy.
  • Yellow improves wound.
  • Green improves intelligence, wisdom and promotes the self-governing spirit.
  • Orange generates imagination and increased libido.
  • Blue, Indigo and Violet all stimulates well-being and peacefulness.

Ammolite is believed to bring happiness to the family. It reduces toxicity and ensures well-being of the wearer. It is believed that whosoever wears Ammolite will be bestowed with fortune and prosperity.

Ammolite Facts

Some facts about Ammolite:

The Blackfoot tribe residing in North America worship Ammolite, calling it as Iniskim. They believe that Ammolite holds magical power.

The masters and experts of Feng Shui regard Ammolite as “the most influential gemstone of the millennium”.

Ammolite is found in innumerable patterns, and all of them are equally innovative and beautiful.

The tint of most of the Ammolite Gemstone changes depending on the angle of light entering and the onlooker’s standpoint.

Metaphysical Properties

Ammolite is truly on of the rarest gems in the word. The properties of Ammolite are variable in nature. 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 weighs in between the range of 3.5 to 4.0.