'Surprises'- Purple and green Ammolite
Titled, 'Surprises' because that is what it does as it catches the light and reveals all its glory to you! This piece is a huge piece of ammolite. It is rare to find one this large. There are big flashes of green and shades of purple, violet in this piece with a small gold flash of gold on the right hand side and glimpses of crimson throughout it. The stone is magnificent. Set in silver and hanging on a handcrafted silver chain, this piece is gorgeous. I've attached a link to my you tube video of this piece so you can see the colors better.
Ammolite is only found in the Bearpaw Formation, which extends from Alberta to Saskatchewan in Canada and south to Montana in the US. The best quality of Ammolite is found along the high-energy river systems on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta. Most of the commercial mining takes place along the banks of the St Mary River south of Lethbridge.
This is a very high grade ammolite and has a strong, bright range of colors. Generally the lower grade ammolite will have more reds and green and are more common then the hues of blue or purple. Certain hues, like crimson, violet, and gold are very rare and in high demand. And yes, for those of you who know of ammonite this is that on steroids.