This medium beauty is a rainbow iridescent ammonite fossil! It exhibits fine structure, and a lovely layer of iridescent, pearlescent nacre across the top layers. (Nacre is composed of layers of prismatic aragonite crystals, and is also found composing the outer layer of pearls.) The fossil displays some damaged sections and rough areas, which give it a natural look. This would make a striking small display or supply specimen for any collection.
Locality: Madagascar Dimensions: 1.75" x 1.50" x 0.50" (44mm x 38mm x 13mm) Weight: 28.6 g (1.01 oz)
Ammonites are the fossilized remains of an ancient cephalopod mollusk. Ammonites are one of the ancestors of the modern nautilus. Ammonites were once top ocean predators, and over time their shells have been replaced by minerals, resulting in fossilization.
Healing Lore: Ammonite fossils are especially stimulating to architects and those in the construction field. They are protective, giving stability and structure to ones life. Ammonite fossils may encourage survival instincts, and help us to see "the whole picture" of our lives. The fossil is named for the Egyptian god Ammon, because their shape resembles his ram horns. Ammonite fossils were prized by the ancient Egyptian and Roman societies, and were considered to have magical and holy powers.
Note: You may see these ammonites listed as "opalized" elsewhere...this is a misnomer, as the pearly outer layer is composed of aragonite rather than opal.
*Though many gems and minerals have historical and cultural associations with healing properties, these items are sold for display, study, and collector interest only.
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