Sources and Origin
Ammolite is formed from an ancient marine fossil called ammonite. Although sources of ammonite exist in other locations around the globe, it is only in one isolated region of Southern Alberta, Canada, that this deposit produces the gemstone Ammolite. 71 million years of tectonic pressure, heat and mineralization have resulted in the formation of this geological wonder.
The color present in Ammolite is caused by light interference during refraction into the many layers of the gemstone. Each color in Ammolite represents a different layer of the gem material. So, depending on the number of fine layers in the rough, everything from one color to the full visible spectrum will be displayed. Since the play of light varies, every Ammolite gem shows a unique array of color.
Referred to as the “Seven Color Prosperity Stone,” it is believed that each color in Ammolite has a different meaning and benefits the wearer in a different manner.
Red stimulates growth and energy
Orange generates creativity and increased libido
Yellow improves wealth
Green improves wisdom, intellect and promotes the independent spirit
Blue, Indigo and Violet all promote health and serenity
In the past, attempts were made to categorize Ammolite gems based on patterns, however this method has been cast aside in favor of appreciating each gem for its own uniqueness.
Every fissure, fracture and matrix line often found in Ammolite is completely characteristic of the gem, adds to the natural beauty, and helps tell the story of the immense pressure and tectonic movement under which it formed.