71 million years in the making
Experience the emergence of one of the world's rarest gemstones only found one place in the world.... ammolite
The intricate evolution of a caterpillar into a butterfly is much like the transformation of minerals into spectacular gemstones. And, like the butterfly who emerges from its chrysalis, so does rare, iridescent ammolite from the fossilized shells of extinct sea creatures known as ammonites.
When the earth had only one continent with no forests or mammals, schools of ammonites hunted in the Tethys Ocean. These squid-like creatures suffered the same fate as the dinosaurs–– becoming extinct about 66 million years ago. As countless millennia passed, two species of ammonites slowly transformed into stunningly-colored fossils called ammolite.
Ammolite has a dazzling range of colors and patterns. Evocative names describe its diversity of appearance from cobblestone and stained glass to dragon skin and paint brush. Ammolite is found in only one region of the world–– in the Bearpaw Formation in Alberta, Canada. The International Gem Society estimates that only about 5% of the ammonites found in Alberta have suitable gem material on the shell surface. This beautiful pendant that can also be worn as a pin, is a part of that elite 5% and celebrates this rare organic gem in an exquisite butterfly setting. Each ammolite gem is handset and displays its own unique pattern, guaranteeing you a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Capture this rare gem for your collection before it’s gone.
- .925 Sterling Silver setting
- Free Form appox. 34mm X 17mm Ammolite per wing
- 61.06mm width
- 43.19mm Height
- 14 Grams
- Ammolite piece inlaid by hand,color and pattern will vary
- Ammolite is sealed with a crystal clear nanopolymer coating for protection
- chain not included, recommended #17245 18"sterling silver rope chain
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