About Ammolite

       What is Ammolite? 

Ammolite is the coloured gemstone that comes from Canadian ammonites with a distinct, and vibrant rainbow colour. Globally, these are only found along the St. Mary River, south of Lethbridge, in Western Canada. This stunning iridescent gem, received its official gemstone status by the World Jewelry Confederation in 1981.

Ammolite's extreme rarity has made it explosively popular in the last decade as the premier choice for gemstone investment. It has appreciated exponentially in value in just a short period of time. Fossil and gem enthusiasts come from around the globe to appreciate the beauty in our large collection of fully intact specimens. Ammolite Museum is proud to have the largest and most diverse collection of Ammolite in the country. 


What is the Significance of Ammolite?

Ammolite originates from prehistoric marine fossils that date back 71-million years. Tectonic pressure, heat and mineralization forms the gemstone, which is then harvested. Ammolite gemstones are hand cut to maximize the inherently bright colours. The luminous colour in each gem is unique. Multiple layers of the natural gemstone material create a beautiful array of colour.

This rare, natural expression of the spectacular gem is believed to awaken positive energy with its joyful beauty and ancient heritage. Wearers and collectors call them gems of enlightenment.


What Colour is Ammolite? 

High-grade ammolites will have either a very strong, bright, single color, or a range of bright colors. These gemstones can show any color of the rainbow.

Low-grade gemstones will show less vibrant colors in a more limited range. Generally, red and green are more common than blue or purple. Certain hues, like crimson, violet, and gold, are very rare and in high demand. 


        Where Does Ammolite Originate From?

Ammolite is a rare, iridescent gemstone cut from the fossilized shells of extinct sea creatures known as ammonites. Found only in the Bearpaw Formation in Alberta, Canada, this organic gemstone has a dazzling range of colors and patterns and is highly desired for freeform natural cabochons and assembled jewelry pieces.

Considered one of the richest fossil beds in the world, Southern Alberta has always been a paradise for geologists and scientists. The geographic features created a unique environment to reserve ancient life and mineral, and Ammolite is a precious gemstone found only in the area, one place on the entire planet.

       Every Piece of Ammolite is Unique


The uniqueness of Ammolite comes from its natural color and pattern. Unlike any other precious gemstone, every piece of Ammolite has its own unique color, pattern and personality. No two pieces of Ammolite are the same. 

When you purchase our Ammolite jewelry, you can be confident that your piece is completely unique from any other, due to the uniqueness of the gemstone. 


How is Ammolite Related to Feng Shui? 

Ammolite Meaning - Feng Shui Center of Excellence

Ammonites are fossils that were once animals that have absorbed Qi or Chi after being in the Earth for millions of years, and are full of Earth energy. They are powerful and bring stability both to the wearer or holder and the environment around them.

The gemstone version of Ammonite is Ammolite, which has been named the 'Seven Color Prosperity Stone' by Feng Shui masters.

Each color has its own meaning and brings with it its own power:

  • Orange – increases libido and creativity
  • Purple – gives more authority and power
  • Red – stimulates energy and growth
  • Green – better fertility, wisdom, growth, and success in business
  • Yellow – better health and brings balance
  • Blue – brings better knowledge, peace, health, and faith

Our bodies and spirits reap rewards from every color in an Ammolite gemstone.


Where Should I Display My Ammolite?

To reap the benefits of Ammolite, you can either wear it as jewelry, or have it displayed in your office or your home. To boost its effects, you should display it where the Earth Feng Shui element is the strongest - in the West, Northwest, Southwest, Center, Southeast, and East.

If your Ammolite is predominantly a red colour, it is more governed by the Fire element, and would be best displayed in the South. Red Ammolite should not be put in the North sector of your home or office.

If you wear Ammolite or carry it with you, you can absorb good energies for balance, enlightenment, health and wealth. It will keep you grounded, offer you protection, and increase your energy. Placing one near your bedside can result in prophetic dreams. 

Placing your Ammolite anywhere in your home will result in better harmony and peace, and both residents and visitors will get benefits of better vitality.

How is Ammolite Graded?

The number of color and its intensity determine the grade of an Ammolite. Top grade Ammolite stones are able to display full spectrum color with high intensity while the lower grade Ammolite can display little to no color with low intensity. Its rarity and value could be significantly different. In general, the more brilliant distinct color you could observe from a piece of Ammolite, the more precious it is.

Like all gemstones, Ammolite is graded for quality. Ammolite comes in four grades: AAA, AA, A and standard. The grades are based on the gem’s brilliance and variety of colour and clarity. AAA and AA account for only 3-12% of Korite’s annual production. 

Based on the multiplicity and vibrancy of the colour in the stone, Ammolite can be graded as ‘standard’ (one or more brilliant colour), ‘A’ (two or more colour with good brilliance), ‘AA’ (at least 3 brilliant colours), and ‘AAA’ (3 to 5 brilliant colours with no matrix lines visible). The rarity of ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’ Ammolite stones is akin to that of a flawless diamond.

Is Ammolite a Good Investment?

Mined only in Southern Alberta, Canada, Ammolite is unique to a geological deposit known as the Bearpaw Formation. The limited areal extent of this region is the primary reason why Ammolite is so rare.  

The world supply of Ammolite is now rapidly depleting. Estimates suggest that there may only be six to eight years of mining left. As supply diminishes, the value is increasing, making the gemstone an excellent investment. 

The price of Ammolite has been steadily increasing 30% per year on average, which makes it one of the most profitable options for gemstone investments. Its increasing popularity and exhausting supply almost guarantee great return on your investment.