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rock fossil ammolite

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Ammolite is an iridescent gemstone found exclusively in southern Alberta, Canada (an area called the Bearspaw formation that extends through southern Alberta and into Montana), and occasionally in small parts of Montana. It is created from the shell of a fossilized sea creature that existed over 65 million years ago called Ammonite. There is a distinct difference between Ammonites and Ammolite. An Ammonite is the creature, Ammolite is the gem. Ammolite comes in a broad variety of colours including red, blue, green, yellow, gold, pink, and many others. Ammolite is a very soft gemstone, only 4.5-5 on the Mohs Scale. It is one of only three organic gemstones (Ammolite, Pearl, and Amber), composed primarily of aragonite.You may also hear ammolite referred to as korite, aapoak, calcenite, or gem ammonite. This gemstone has been used in jewelry since the late 1960s, and was officially granted status as a gemstone in the 1980s, making it one of the more recent gems in the market. Ammolite is a fairly recent gemstone, one of only three precious gemstones declared in the past 50 years. It was declared a gemstone in 1981, and it was given precious gemstone status in 2004. It is one of the rarest gemstone on earth, approaching the rarity of gemstones such as alexandrite and red diamonds. It is unique because it is a gemstone as well as a fossil, and thus protected under the Canadian Fossil Act. Ammolite is the official gemstone of the Province of Alberta and the City of Lethbridge, AB

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