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Ammolite Tidbits

Linda's article "Ammolite Tidbits"

Ammolite Tidbits

AMMOLITE

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Ammolite, nature's kaleidoscope gem. The neon colored gemstone created from the ancient remnants of an organic nautalistic creature called Ammonite that lived millions of years ago. An article wrote for the Gemological Institute of America magazine, Gems & Gemology wrote that  the Ammolite gem could be exhausted in the next 15 to 20 years. 

Gem quality Ammolite is only found in one place in the world, Southern Alberta Canada.  Ammonites survived in a sea that had covered Alberta.  Here is where nature transformed the shell of the sea creature Ammonite into the very rare gemstone we call Ammolite.
 
Millions of years ago nautical sea creatures, Ammonites would outlive their lives and die in the mineral and petroleum rich soil found in Alberta.  The fossilized Ammonite shells then formed into beautiful, bright iridescent colors.  This composition of minerals, in this perfect location created this very rare gemstone, the Ammolite.  Each piece of Ammolite is unique in the colors, brilliance and patterns.  No two are quite alike. That is why it is so hard to find pairs of matching Ammolites for earrings, you can get close but never an exact match.
 
Ammolite has a vivid, iridescent phenomenon that is caused from the interference of light that rebounds off the stacked layers of microscopic platelets of aragonite which where replaced within the fossilized shell of the Ammonite.  Lines and patterns in Ammolites are natural, they add to the beauty and the desirability of Ammolite.  Ammolites are a very unique gemstone because of all these traits.
 
Ammolite was given official gemstone status in 1981 by the International Commission of Colored Gemstones (CIBJO)  Ammolite has increased 250% in value this past decade.  This gem is expected to double in price in the next five years.

Ammonites

Ammolite is an amazing gem with an ever changing play of rainbow colors.  Watch as the vivid colors dance and flash its entrancing beauty as you wear this gem.  Many Ammolites are color changers.  An Ammolite that shows a brilliant neon emerald green, can change color. When you tilt that same gem  you will see a fiery red flash appear where you just seen the vivid emerald green color!

All the Ammolites that I have available have been professionally cut and polished.  They are all 100% natural gems with no artificial caps or resin on them.

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Care of your Ammolite:

If you need to clean your Ammolite, use warm water with a couple drops of Ivory dish soap and a soft cloth.  Clean when needed.  Never, ever, use harsh chemicals - Never use an ultra sonic jewelry cleaner, this can seriously damage your Ammolite. In fact I never use ultra sonic cleaners on any of my jewelry, it tends to loosen gems out of their settings too. 

As with any gemstone you purchase, buy from a reputable person who will guarantee the authenticity of your gem and disclose to you any enhancement or treatments that have been done.

Linda McMurray, G.G., A.J.P
www.bestcutgems.com

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