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    AMMOLITE GEMSTONE
    Placenticeras meeki
    Cretaceous
    Bearpaw Formation, Southern Alberta, Canada

    This beautiful natural gemstone takes its name from the animal from whose shell it is formed - the ammonite. Over millions of years, the mother-of-pearl shell lining has been transformed into this gorgeous gemstone, flashing with iridescent colors of green, red and yellow, with even a hint of the rare turquoise color. Part of its remarkable appearance is due to the fact that, unlike other gemstones whose brilliance is caused by light reflected from the surface, the shimmering colors of ammolite result from light refraction through the thin layers of aragonite that constituted the ammonite's original shell. This is a lovely example, and measures 2 3/8 x 1 x 1/8 inches.


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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