Ammolite: Large Box Hand Specimen 

71 Million Years Old

Alberta, Canada

 

Our little ammonite specimen boxes are 11cm X 9cm X 2cm (4" X 3" X ¾"). The ammonite pieces inside change in size, thickness and variety. If it's not too much trouble, recollect that these are free structure pieces so they are not cut or molded in any way; just cleaned to draw out the normal excellent tones! One specimen per order!

Hand examples shown are models and may not be agent of the specific example you get.

 

Mesozoic Era

Ammonite cephalopods inhabit the inland subtropical sea that bordered the Rocky Mountains—this area is known today as the Cretaceous or Western Interior Seaway.

 

Fossilization

As the ammonites died, they sank to the bottom and were buried by layers of bentonitic mud that eventually became shale. Millions of years pass and the ammonites become fossilized.

 

Mineralization

Tectonic pressure, heat and mineralization formed the gemstone, almost exclusively harvested by KORITE.

 

Discovery

Significant deposits of gem-quality Ammolite are found in the Bearpaw Formation that extends from Alberta to Saskatchewan in Canada and south to Montana, USA.

 

Refinement

After mining, KORITE brings the Ammolite stone back to their headquarters. Technicians clean and hand cut each stone to maximize the unique colour.

 

Jewellery & Decor

The Korite specialists hand craft each piece of Jewellery, carefully choosing and setting each stone inside every piece. Working with designers, they have created beautiful collections for you to choose from.

 

Canadian Ammonite Fossil Species

There are three main species of Canadian ammonite fossils which KORITE extracts from our mine in Alberta, Canada. These species are Placenticeras costatum, Placenticeras intercalare and Placenticeras meeki.

These species all vary slightly in appearance and dimensions, although the rarest and most desirable species is Placenticeras intercalare, which displays distinctive ‘horns’ that spiral along the surface of the ammonite fossil. These formations allow for unique and truly special surface texturing that is unlike the smooth, flat texture of other Canadian ammonite species.

The size of Canadian ammonite fossils can vary greatly, with most falling within the range of 15 to 45 centimeters in diameter. That being said, KORITE has excavated a number of truly awe-inspiring ammonite fossils, some spanning close to a meter in diameter - the largest was approximately 87 cm!

Ammolite: Large Box Hand Specimen

SKU: Ammolite: Large Box Hand Specimen
$85.00Price
  • Smoky Mountain Relic Room offers a 30 day return policy with proof of purchase.

     

    -Limited Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee-

    The Smoky Mountain Relic Room stands behind the items we sell with a limited lifetime guarantee. We will exchange any item for store credit if the item sold is found by a certified authenticator not to be the authentic artifact, fossil, meteorite, or mineral that we advertised it as being. A letter, specific to the artifact, fossil, meteorite, or mineral in question, from a certified authenticator (in the business under the occupation-specific to the item in question), must be brought in with the item for the return to be acceptable. This guarantee is for the lifetime of the initial purchaser only. See the Relic Room Manager, downstairs inside Smoky Mountain Knife Works, for more information. Original receipt required for exchanges.