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Ammolite and Ammonite

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Millions of years ago, the land which is now southern Alberta in Canada was covered by a vast, shallow sea, that thrived with marine life. Ammonites shared this environment with sharks, turtles, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs, as well as lobsters, oysters and clams. It is believed that ammonite was the mosasaur's favorite food, since many shells are found with bite marks thought to be caused by these giant lizard-like creatures.

Ammonites lived through the Mesozoic Era, until the late Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago, when a cataclysmic event eradicated much of the life on Earth. They were fossilized in a rock formation known as bearpaw shale, and preserved and transformed into the radiant multi-colored stones we call ammolite.

The first people to collect ammonite were the Blackfoot Indians, who called it iniskim, or buffalo stone, and for many generations have considered it to bring luck and hold spiritual qualities.

In 1908, Dr. Dowling from the Canadian Geological Survey team documented finding ammonites in the area of the St. Mary's River, near Lethbridge, Alberta.

First dubbed "ammolite" in 1967, by a Calgary rockshop owner, this beautiful stone's source was at first a mystery to the early rockhounds and collectors who were fortunate enough to see it. That's because the outcroppings were located in remote and largely innaccessible areas on farms south of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Some local lapidaries experimented with this unusual stone in the 1960's and 70's, but it wasn't until the late seventies and early eighties that true mining ventures began.

In 1981, ammolite was officially recognized as a gemstone by the CIBJO Nomenclature Committee, an international association which bears responsibility for the scientific names of new gems. Since then it has been gaining ever widening acceptance as the beautiful gem it is, and a worthy addition to any collection.

Although ammonites are found virtually worldwide, only in a small region of southern Alberta are they found in this magnificent gem quality. It has been said that ammolite is the rarest gem in the world, and it may well be true.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Ammolite is fossilized ammonite that has been compressed under great pressure beneath the ground, which is what gives it its wonderful colors.

Ammolite is said to radiate positive Earth energy, and to bring good luck and prosperity. It is also said to grant miracles. Ammolite is excellent as a tool for deep meditation.

Ammolite is also used mystically for general good health, stamina and high energy.

HEALING PROPERTIES

Ammolite and ammonite is a stone of protection. It provides for insight and it helps to assist one in seeing the ‘whole picture.’ Gives stability to it's user.

Since ammolite is associated with the Root Chakra, it encourages ones survival instincts and is grounding.

Ammolite and ammonite is believed by Feng Shui masters to be associated to the scales of the mythical creature "Chi Lin" Therefore, it is said to be a powerful wealth stone and brings prosperity, grandeur and illustrious sons, similar to the potency of the Chi Lin.

Ammolite rough