Pair of Ammolite Earpendants
Lot 3510¤
Pair of Ammolite Earpendants
Sold for US$ 244 inc. premium
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Natural History New York
17 May 2011 13:00 EDT

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Pair of Ammolite Earpendants
Alberta, Canada
Found along the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, in a locality famous for its brilliantly colored fossil ammonites, the present cabochon is the stunning iridescent gemstone derived from the ammonite. Formerly confused with opals, ammolite is actually composed of aragonite and not silica. Known as the Canadian national gem ammolite, it is one of only three biogenic gemstones known to exist (the other two being amber and natural pearls.) Each earring is composed of an irregular cabochon of freeform outline and exhibits brilliant flashes of orange, yellow, green and red bezel-set in silver and suspended from shepherd's hook earwires.

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