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    "Gem" Ammonite in Matrix
    Placenticeras meeki
    Late Cretaceous
    Bearpaw Formation
    St. Mary's River, Alberta, Canada

    Sometimes the first criterion should simply be the "WOW" factor! While superlative terms can often befit most great pieces of any type, only a few of even the best examples exhibit qualities over and above a standard of excellence. This truly exceptional Placenticeras meeki "gem" Ammonite in matrix is clearly one such specimen. The electric colors of the well-preserved iridescent Ammolite in the fossilized shell are continuous and cover virtually the entire surface, which is certainly not the case even with most of the better "gem" Ammonites on the market. Of particular interest, the "living chamber" on the ancient shell is wonderfully preserved and inflated, especially against the more compressed texture of the rest of the fossil. No doubt one of the very best matrix pieces for its size, this superlative Cretaceous piece features a beautiful Ammonite ideally set in a clean black shale. The ancient cephalopod measures an impressive 11.5 inches (29.21 cm) at maximum diameter. The shell displays intensely brilliant colors of primarily reds, golds, and greens. The obviously "museum quality" specimen with unlimited appeal for the serious collector also has immense decorative potential as it is amazingly colorful and exhibits the naturally artistic form of the Ammonite. The piece has been fashioned with a metal cleat and groove system on the back to facilitate wall hanging. This is stunner that will be the focus of any room d├ęcor.
    Overall Measurements: 25.00 x 19.29 x 3.15 inches (63.50 x 49.00 x 8.00 cm)
    Stand shown in image for photo purposes only. Specimen does not come with a base.

    [Scale: 18 inch, 45 cm]




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    June, 2016
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