Ammonites are intriguing and collectible for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that all of them went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous along with the Dinosaurs. It can, however, be just the sheer beauty of certain specimens that give them their popularity and substantial value. The Bearpaw Formation is known for being the only location where the "Gem" Ammonites, with shells that have been fossilized into the gemstone Ammolite, are found. Their iridescent colors are simply captivating, and this good example features a world of rainbow hues. Both sides of this freestone specimen are colorful throughout - with electric greens, brilliant golds, and even rare blues, exploding off of the piece when it is bathed in light. Such specimens almost always feature an amount of compression and cracking which fortunately does not take away from the visual appeal of these truly "Gem" Ammonites. This specimen has been coated with a resin to enhance stability, and a hollow area where the whorl would be has been filled in a similar way. This specimen is tremendously colorful, highly decorative and never looks the same two times in a row. At over 9.5 inches (24.1 cm), this Ammonite is substantial enough to command attention wherever it ends up: whether displayed in a case, hung on a wall, or on top of a desk.
Overall Measurements: 9.5 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches (24.1 x 21.6 x 3.8 cm)
[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
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