Explore ammolite jewelry’s mix of colors all in one stone. Whether it be in a ring, necklace or earrings, ammolite can add a pop of color to any style.
Ammolite is a gem that comes from the fossilized shell of an extinct, squid-like creature called an ammonite. Found in Canada, the iridescent shell of fossilized ammonites is available as ammonite fossils or in iridescent gems cut from the fossils under the trade name ammolite. Ammolite's iridescent play of color is what makes it so distinctive and attractive. Its iridescence occurs when the fossilized ammonite shell becomes mineralized. Unlike most gems, whose colors come from light absorption, ammolite's iridescent color is caused by interference with the light that gets trapped within stacked layers of thin platelets that make up the fossilized shell. Since the layer of ammolite is typically thin, most ammolite is made into doublets or triplets for use in jewelry. A doublet is a thin slice of shell that is typically covered by a durable material (often crystal, glass or plastic) that both protect the gem and maximize its presentation. Triplets are typically assembled by placing a thin slice of shell between two layers of more durable material that are attached with epoxy. While shades of green and red are usually seen, all spectral colors are possible.
Want to add a pop of color to your life? Try looking for some beautiful, iridescent ammolite jewelry! Ammolite is one of the rarest gemstones, which makes it excellent for jewelry. It can only be found in one area of the world, which makes it that much more special. Ammolite can consist of multiple colors, creating a unique, radiant rainbow pattern, or a deep forest green or brown color.
When picking out ammolite jewelry, there are endless possibilities to make your style stand out. Picking an iridescent rainbow stone faceted with an intricate silver setting is sure to make a wonderful statement accessory. A brown or green stone can make for a perfect addition to an everyday outfit.
Make sure to care for your ammolite rings, pendants and more very carefully since it is a soft stone. Wash it with soap and warm water and keep it in a place where it is unlikely to be scratched. Embrace the rainbow with ammolite jewelry!