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Ammolite Jewellery: Vibrant, Rare & Unique

Updated on September 16, 2013

Ammolite has been given many names: Iniskim, Alberta Opal, Alberta Jewel, Aapoak, Calcentine and Korite.

Ammolite jewellery has been known to captivate with its rich and vibrant colors. Although it's been 70 million years in the making, this rare gem is relatively new having only been granted gem status in 1981. It's been predicted that by the time ammolite jewellery popularity peaks the world's supply of this alluring gem will be depleted.

This lens is designed to introduce you to ammolite jewellery and to outline the factors that determine its value so you know what to look for when buying a piece for yourself or as a gift. There is also a guide for the care and cleaning of your ammolite jewellery.

In this lens you will discover gold and sterling silver ammolite jewellery from the Aurora Ammolite Mine, artisan ammolite jewellery, diamond ammolite jewellery and loose ammolite gemstones for those looking to create their own custom piece.

Enjoy the journey.

Image: © Tara Wojtaszek, 2007. This beautiful whole fossil ammonite with ammolite exterior was on display at the annual gem show in Tucson, Arizona.

For every 1 ton of earth processed at an ammolite mine, 0.6 carats of ammolite will be found.

In contrast, 1 ton of earth at a diamond mine will yield 1.5 carats of diamond.

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What is Ammolite?

Is it Ammolite or Ammonite?

What is the difference between ammolite and ammonite?

Ammolite refers to the iridescent outer layer from an extinct cephalopod, a relative of the squid, that was abundant during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (200 - 65 million years ago). Ammolite is composed of aragonite, the same mineral that forms the nacreous layers of a pearl, and is not considered to be a fossil. It has formed through millions of years of heat and compaction within the earth.

Ammonite is the name of the fossil. Ammolite comes from two species of ammonites: Placenticeras meeki and Placenticeras intercalare. Ammonites have a coiled chambered shell that served to house the organism and helped to maintain buoyancy in the water. They became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period (65 million years ago) and the ammonites that would eventually bear ammolite were preserved in sediment in the Rocky Mountains.

Stained Glass Ammolite Jewellery
Stained Glass Ammolite Jewellery

Ammolite Is Rare

Ammolite is rare. This is because in most cases over time the aragonite that forms the ammonite's shell gets replaced by pyrite or calcite. The quantity of ammonites with an intact aragonite shell that can result in the gemstone ammolite is so small that the supply of ammolite is expected to be exhausted within twenty years.

Although iridescent ammonite can be found elsewhere in the world, such as Madagascar, ammolite is only found in a sediment layer (called the Bearpaw Formation) in the Rocky Mountains that extends from Alberta to Saskatchewan and down to Montana (there are even a few deposits as far South as Utah). Gem quality ammolite is concentrated in a deposit near Lethbridge, Alberta and is mined by Korite International and the Aurora Ammolite Mine. Only half of the ammolite found is of high enough quality to be used in jewelry. This is why every bit of gem quality ammolite must be used.

Photo used under Creative Commons from Different Seasons Jewelry

Unique Ammolite Jewellery
Unique Ammolite Jewellery

Some Facts About Ammolite

Ammolite treatments

Ammolite achieves a 4 on the Mohs scale of hardness. For comparison, diamonds are the hardest mineral on earth and have a hardness of 10. Talc is very soft and has a hardness of 1. Pearls are 2.5, your fingernail is 3.5 and glass is 5.5.

There are two types of ammolite:

Type 1: Compacted Ammolite, sometimes called a 'natural'. This type has been fractured and subsequently 'healed' while in the earth. Because of this it is more durable than Type 2 and can be readily made into jewelry. Care should still be taken though because with a hardness of four it can be damaged if not treated with care.

Type 2: Sheet Ammolite is very thin (0.5-0.8mm, 0.02-0.03 inches) and must be treated before it can be used in jewellery. It is 'stabilized' by injecting it with clear epoxy or resin in order to prevent cracking while it is being cut. This type of ammolite is fashioned into a 'triplet' with an onyx or matrix backing, the ammolite layer in the middle and a protective cap of a hard material such as spinel (hardness 8), synthetic sapphire (hardness 9), or quartz (hardness 7). The ammolite triplets from the Korite and Aurora Ammolite Mines come with a lifetime guarantee.

Photo used under Creative Commons from Different Seasons Jewelry

Korite Ammolite Jewellery - Pendants

Ammolite & Diamond Jewelry

These three pendants feature ammolite from the Korite mine and are accented with natural diamonds. All three include a 14k yellow curb chain and you can choose your decired length: 16", 18", 20", 22" or 24".

14K White & Yellow Gold Korite Ammolite Pendant with Diamonds, 0.02ctw

14k Yellow Gold Korite Ammolite Pendant with Diamond Accents, 0.02ctw

14k YG Square Korite Ammolite (6 x 6mm) Pendant with Diamond, 0.02ctw


Unique Ammolite Gemstones for Jewellery
Unique Ammolite Gemstones for Jewellery

What Causes the Color in Ammolite?

Although ammolite is very thin itself, it is made up of stacks of even thinner layers. When light enters the gemstone the layers have a prismatic effect. Light bounces off the layers at different angles resulting in the play of color we see.

For the gemstone opal, reds and oranges are the rarest and most sought after colors while blues and purples are most common. For ammolite the opposite is true. Reds and greens are the most common as these colors are created by the thickest layers. Blues, purples, and pinks are the most rare because they are seen in the thinnest layers. The thin layers are of course the most delicate and most easily destroyed.

If you love rare red opals but can't afford the hefty price tag, consider investing in a piece of red ammolite instead.

Photo used under Creative Commons from Different Seasons Jewelry

How is Ammolite Graded?

What determines quality? What should I look for when buying?

Several factors work together to determine the grade of each piece of ammolite.

Colour : Numbers of colors present and which colors occur. Pieces with three or more colors present are much more desirable than pieces showing only one color. Reds, oranges, yellows and greens are the most plentiful as these occur in the thicker pieces of ammolite. Blues and purples occur in the thinnest pieces of ammolite and therefore break more easily and are more rare. Pink is the rarest color of all and is highly sought after.

Brightness : As can be expected, gemstones with brighter colors are more highly prized than those with dull lifeless colors. However, some exceptions can be made. Stones with less lively pink coloration will command a higher price than those with brighter other colors.

Directionality : This refers to how the colors appear when the stone is rotated. Ammolite gemstones that show bright and even coloration when rotated a full 360 degrees will be graded higher than those that appear dark in certain orientations. The lowest quality stones only show color when held in one direction and will appear dull and lifeless in the other directions.

Inclusions : This refers to the presence of impurities within the gemstone such as the presence of matrix (the rock material that hosts the gemstone). The highest quality ammolite gemstones will be free of impurities.

Polish : An excellent polishing job will add value to the piece. A poor polish will detract from even the best gem material.

Shape : Standard calibrated sizing will command a higher price as these pieces can easily be fit into existing jewellery mounts. Irregular shaped pieces will usually be made into one-off artisan pieces.

Pattern : This refers to the pattern of color. Some patterns are more pleasing to the eye than others. Further down you will find an Ammolite Pattern Lexicon.

Ammolite Grading Scale

Ammolite is graded by a letter scale with the "A" grades being gem quality and "C" grade being commercial and not suitable for use in jewelry. While there isn't a definitive grading system adopted by all producers and retailers, this is the system used by Korite International, the producer of 90% of the world's ammolite supply.

AA : The highest quality of gemstone bearing three or more distinct colors. Only ~5% of all ammolite collected falls into this category. This category is deemed 'collection grade' and is most often used in one-off gold jewelry pieces.

A+ : Gemstones with at least two bright colors.

A : Gemstones with one or more distinct colors. Less bright than A+ or AA.

A- or 'Standard' : One or more less bright or distinct colors, often green or red. Directionality will be observed. Roughly 40% of gem quality ammolite falls into this category.

B : Stones with one or two directional colors, not very bright.

C : The lowest grade, not considered gem quality. Fractured material bearing very little color.

Pear Shaped Korite Ammolite Pendant with Diamonds

This necklace is a beauty. A brightly colored pear-shaped 19 x 16" ammolite triplet from the Korite ammolite mine is set in 18k yellow gold with a freeform loop design and four natural diamond accents totaling 0.06cts. The pendant includes a chain (your choice of length from 16 inches to 24 inches) with a lobster clasp.

Ammolite Pattern Lexicon

Checkerboard - large blocky sections of color

Cobblestone - uneven blocks of color resembling a cobblestone street

Desert - sections of color separated by thick lines, the appearance of desiccation cracks as seen in the desert

Dragon skin - scale-like pattern resembling dragon or lizard skin

Feather - sections of feather-like color

Flashfire - larger scales, rotation causes bright flashes of color. When this happens with smaller scales it is called 'pinfire'.

Floral - mostly green stones with splashes of other colors (red, yellow) resembling flowers (when the colour splashes are red only this can be called 'Christmas Tree')

Lava lamp - blobs of color like you would see in a lava lamp

Lava River - a green background dissected by thick red bands

Moonglow - one or two luminescent colors, no scales or fractures

Paintbrush - wide stretches of color that look like they have been applied with a paintbrush

Pinfire - small scales. When the stone is rotated these scales cause small flashes of color (a smaller version of flashfire)

Ribbon - bands of color that can be thin or wide

Ripple - colors resemble the rippled surface of water

Sheet - solid colour, no scales, may have some small fracture lines, (closely resembles 'broad flash' pattern of opal)

Stained glass - as the name suggests, resembling the appearance of stained glass

Sunset - landscape- like patterns streaked with red and orange, as though bathed by the setting sun

Suture Gem - when the pattern from the ammonite's chamber walls is visible then this is called 'Suture Gem'

Terrain - color pattern resembling an aerial map

Tinfoil - a bright crinkly appearance like tinfoil

Video: The Korite International Ammolite Mine - Mining, Polishing and Fashioning Ammolite Into Jewellery

This video is your 'front row seat' on an exciting expedition following the process of extracting ammolite, polishing it to bring out its natural beauty and finally turning it into a unique and alluring piece of jewellery.

How to Buy Exotic Gemstones

The essential guidebook to buying rare gemstones including ammolite. This book includes detailed colored photographs, history and lore, treatments, imitations and outlines how to care for your gemstone.


Exotic Gems: How to Identify and Buy Tanzanite, Ammolite, Rhodochrosite, Zultanite, Sunstone, Moonstone & Other Feldspars (Newman Exotic Gem Series)
Exotic Gems: How to Identify and Buy Tanzanite, Ammolite, Rhodochrosite, Zultanite, Sunstone, Moonstone & Other Feldspars (Newman Exotic Gem Series)

Renee Newman is well known for her gemstone buying guides having authored eleven books on jewellery and gemstone buying. She has mastered the ability to break down technical information and make it accessible to those not in the jewellery trade.

 

Feng Shui: Called the "Seven Color Prosperity Stone"

Ammolite helps create balance in the home and life as each of the colors address a different life aspect:

Red

promotes growth & energy

Orange

stimulates creativity & libido

Yellow

increases wealth & prosperity

Green

heightens wisdom & entrepreneurial spirit

Blue & Violet

creates peace & improves health

Ammolite Jewellery Care and Cleaning

How to best care for your ammolite jewellery

Clean ammolite jewelry as you would a strand of pearls. Wipe away any dirt with a soft damp cloth. If necessary you can use very mild soap and water. Harsh abrasives will damage the stone as will gold or silver solutions, steamers and ultrasonic cleaners.

For 'naturals': avoid contact with cleansers, perfume, hairspray or lotions as these can dull ammolite jewellery. Avoid prolonged exposure to water as 'hard water' may cause minerals to deposit on the ammolite over time. Remove your ammolite jewellery when showering, swimming or doing the dishes.

For triplets: avoid sharp blows that could separate the layers or chip the crystal cap.

Keep your ammolite jewellery away from heat. Only have repairs or sizing done by a professional with ammolite experience.

Store ammolite jewellery in its box when not in use to prevent damage from contact with other jewellery.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Gorgeous! Thanks for writing this.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Ammolite is very colourful, and I'd love to have some of it. The colours are great. Blessed.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      Ammolite looks beautiful. The colors remind me of high quality opals.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Brilliant work; dazzling jewelry!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Had to return to bless this.

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      Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

      So beautiful! Looks like abstract paintings. Angel blessings.

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      Shay Marie 4 years ago from Southern California

      So cool. I love ammolite!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I only got to know of this from your lens. Thank you.

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      Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Thank you very much for this informative article. I never heard about ammolite. It is beautiful but I think knowing its origin makes it even more fascinating. Thumbs up!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      @theallin1writer: Thank you : )

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      dark rainbows

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      theallin1writer 4 years ago

      This lens is deserving of an angel blessing :)

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      @Ardyn25: I'm glad you enjoyed reading it - I had a lot of fun putting it together. Thanks for stopping by ; )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      I'm so glad I came by, I learned something I didn't know before. What a beautiful gem, very interesting how it came to be, and to know its not mined all that far from where I am was even a bigger surprise. This is a well put together, researched lens. Thanks for posting.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      @ElizabethSheppard: Thanks so much : )

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I did not know about Ammolitte jewelry until today. Thanks for sharing about it! I am putting this lens on my new Rings lens, and it will make a great addition. ::::blessed:::: to put with your Blessings Collection.

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      MartinJM 5 years ago

      How beautiful - certainly a talking point.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: Thank you!

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Wow, what an excellent lens! Just learned something new. Thanks for sharing and God bless you.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      @dellgirl: Thank you so much!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Congratulations on getting Purple Star, AND Lens of the Day for this wonderful lens!

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Ammolite is fine a looking piece of jewelry.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      So amazing! Just to think that maybe someday our old bones will be fossilized and make beautiful colors & artwork lol Great article! I love all the different types of rocks. I'm usually envious of Jeff Probst's rock necklaces he wears on Survivor. He always has some cool rock at the end of a black cord or brown strap. Thanks for this article, very fascinating. beautiful colors!

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Nice and amazing lens

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      @Deadicated LM: Thank you : )

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      @BestRatedStuff: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Ammolite is one of my favourite gemstones and I just love ammolite jewellery : )

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Absolutely awesome looking gem, love the intense bright colors. Never heard about it before, but found the info on your lens got me knowing something :>

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      moanaparker lm 5 years ago

      beautiful

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful lens literally!

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      tweeky lm 5 years ago

      very nice lens, bless

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Very beautiful ammolite jewelry! Thanks for sharing!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      What an awesome Lens! Tara, you taught me something new; I never heard of Ammolite, thanks for turning me onto this beautiful gemstone. I added you to my 23 Squidoo Google+ Circle, Welcome 8-)

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      It's beautiful. Thanks for the education. d

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, very beautiful jewelry. Thanx for the interesting lens.

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      Mayapearl 5 years ago

      Totally new to me but I like it a lot. Great lens.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Beautiful gemstone! Haven't heard of it before, and found the lens really interesting. Thanks

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      four synergy 5 years ago

      Wow. I am not one for the "usual" forms of jewelry. Always looking for something unique to wear or something with artistic value. Thank you for sharing. I will now set off to look for AMMOLITE Jewelry. Lovely lens and very informative...I will have to share with my son who is also a budding gemologist and jewelry designer.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I surely love the aurora borealis effect of colors in Ammolite! Such a beautiful treasure.

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      glassdabber 5 years ago

      I want some Ammolite Jewellery. Looks awesome. Thanks.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Very interesting lens on a subject I was unfamiliar with. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Shellyann36 5 years ago

      It is such a beautiful stone. Thank you for sharing the information.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Thank you everyone for your wonderful and supportive comments. They are much appreciated : )

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      Alfiesgirl LM 5 years ago

      You have presented Ammolite very well with this well written lens...I hadn't heard of Ammolite until today...I wonder what tomorrow shall throw up !

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Wonderful and very informative! I really enjoyed reading about Ammolite.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      I love all the unique colors in every piece, no two are alike. I get many comments when I wear it. What a beautiful lens you've created about it. So much to know!

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      jayceehaynes 5 years ago

      very cool lens! congrats on LOTD :)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      This was very informative - you've shared some lovely pieces and now I'm a new fan of Ammolite!!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      These are so pretty! Congrats on getting LOTD! Well deserved.

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      Reginald Reid 5 years ago

      "It's like owning a piece of the rainbow!" What beautiful jewellery!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a fantastic lens! Congratulations on your purple star and LotD - well deserved. Blessed!

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      linkreggie 5 years ago

      awesome lens. well most of the women are very passionate about jewelry in the since that it is represented a symbol of femininity and even social status and it can always subsided in its ability to add to a womens natural beauty. thanks for sharing this beautiful lens..

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Ammolite is beautiful!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Very interesting lens!~ Thanks. I have ammonites made into jewelry, but had never heard of ammolite.

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      mary-gudzenovs 5 years ago

      I love crystals but I'd never heard of Ammolite. Thanks for pointing it out. Sounds like a good investment opportunity in return for a beautiful piece of earth history.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving the Lens of the Day.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving the Lens of the Day.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You do a superb job describing these gorgeous gems! Had never heard about them before. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of the Day!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      I remember when the mood rings first came out on the market they were referred to as ammolite jewelry. thanks for sharing, great lens

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I have never seen these! Wonderful.

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      You showed me something that is new to me. Really nice lens. Thanks for sharing and it's blessed.

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      aplusb28 5 years ago

      Astoundingly beautiful..Reminds me of holographic film.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Ammolite shimmers like a butterfly wing with such vibrant colors. Beautiful!

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I just discovered ammolite on my first cruise trip. It creates striking jewelry.

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Great lens well done!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very pretty lens, never heard of ammonite jewellery before. Thanks for sharing it with us, Congratulations for LotD and purple star. Blessed

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      ryokomayuka 5 years ago from USA

      Very beautiful. I have never heard of them before.

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Just simply amazing! I need to get myself one of those :)

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      The Ammolite Jewelry is indeed beautiful! So colorful. Several years ago I visited a family in Texas who had found ammonite fossils all over their ranch. They were quite large, much too large for jewelry. Fascinating though. I think that's what they were called. Congrats on LOTD!

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      JimNimmo 5 years ago

      Very nice. I had never heard of this stuff before. Looks a little similar to Opal but brighter also some of it is similar in colour to polished New zealand Paua shell

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      Erebos411 5 years ago

      Great information. I had never heard of this gemstone before. I love the way the light captures the colors in the stone.

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      Syahran 5 years ago

      Wow..beuty, nice, and I enjoyed reading ..welcome to the earth.

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      David Schroeter 5 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Well earned LOTD. A great read Tara_W

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD! What a beautiful piece of our earth. Reading this page, and watching the video, I find myself feeling mixed emotions: Sadness that we must tear up so much of the earth for a few baubles, gratitude that the mining company makes an effort to restore the earth to something of its former self, and awe at the beauty of the material and its origins. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of ammolite here on Squidoo.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      It is lovely! I like all the gorgeous colors.

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      Karla Whitmore 5 years ago from Arizona

      Everything about this is awesome. I love the colors!

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      Fran Tollett 5 years ago

      These are really quite pretty. I didn't know anything about them before reading your lens. Very pretty.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      They are very beautiful, and this is a great lens. I like Ammolite Citrine Peridot Multi Gemstone, the design is beautiful. Thanks for info.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Enjoyed the beautiful colors and great info. I didn't know about their origin. I always think these stones seem like magic.

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      accfuller 5 years ago

      These are beautiful! I've never seen anything like it - thank you very much for sharing ... and congratulations on LOTD ... :)

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      PoetsCorner 5 years ago

      I really think ur lens is superb:)

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      semas 5 years ago

      Thank you for introducing this beautiful jewellery and the interesting facts on them.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Really unique pieces of jewelry. Thank you for introducing it to us.

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      Lareene 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I have never heard of this gemstone they're lovely thanks.

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      What a beautiful colored stone! Thank you for the introduction. Your page s wonderful congratulations on LOTD and your purple star!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Ammonite could almost pass for opal. These are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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      AuroraK 5 years ago

      Working as a gemologist must be so very interesting! Thanks for sharing all this information - to say that about fifteen minutes ago, I knew nothing about ammolite!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Ammolite is really beautiful. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful lens about it. It definitely is deserving of LOTD. Congrats. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Wonderful, fascinating lens!! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Beautiful - I have never seen Ammolite and I enjoyed reading about it here-well deserved LotD ~~~blessed~~~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very interesting stuff, congrats on being the lens of the day!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on your well deserved LOTD for this fascinating lens. Like some butterflies, I find it interesting that the beautiful colors are not in pigments but in reflected light.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very interesting lens. This is the first time that I've ever heard of ammolite. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      orawansc 5 years ago

      Informative lense! The ammolite jewelry are great!

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      Rusty Quill 5 years ago

      Very cool - and a wonderful idea for a lens - congrats on LotD!

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      robertclarke 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks for the fascinating read Tara. I think Ammolite looks really good, I've seen it in person in a fossil and gem fair once and it looks awesome with all the different colours and the way it sparkles. Hard to imagine its over 65 million years old.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Amazing! I had never heard of this before, but it is absolutely beautiful. This lens is well written and very informative. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      I would have never known.... what an informative and well thought out lens.