Exciting news! We have new items featured in our shop - Ammonite splits with chain! Each Ammonite splits are unique in colour, shell, and chambering pattern. Chains can vary from ornamental beads, simple cords to different styles of sterling silver chains. Come get yours now!
We were at our new mine a few months back and shot a couple of videos while we were there.
So after some mining, we pulled out quite a few amazing pieces of ammolite.
The following video showcases one of the concretions containing a gem grade ammonite fossil and reveals how it is cracked open to reveal the hidden fossil inside. This fossil still needs to be cleaned up of course, but this is the beginning steps to working on ammolite.
Hello Ammolite Collectors and Colour Enthusiasts,
Saw this beautiful rainbow reflecting through one of our brand new cases and just had to share it!
We are still very hard at work and we are consistently producing new material. Especially since all of our pieces seem to be flying off the shelves!
Please be sure to drop in at our new location and say hello! We would love to share all of our knowledge and our love of this amazing gemstone.
We have currently moved to a new expanded location. As much as we loved the old store, we are happy to see the new change! It is also so much nicer to be located next to the downtown area as opposed to being out in the industrial park. There is also much more parking available!!!
So here is to welcoming in the new change!
New location: 1350 Railway Avenue, Canmore, AB
Right next to the Safeway and TD Canada Trust.
Some new free-forms in store! Message for price, size, grade and availability!!! (This is only just a small selection; love those colors though!!!)
These are two very similar words with only one letter difference. Clarification is important in order to understand what is the animal and what is the gem.
Ammonite: This is a prehistoric sea squid that existed anywhere between 400 - 66 million years ago. Their fossilized shells can be found all over the world including areas such as Madagascar, Canada, Russia, the UK, etc. In general, these shells often appear colorless (so white, brown or black). Sometimes, the appearance may even remind the viewer of a "mother of pearl". However, there is usually little or no color.
From Left to Right: (1) Ammonite fossil - no color, (2) Ammonite fossil - no color, (3) Ammonite Fossil - mother of pearl, (4) Ammonite fossil - split from Madagascar.
Ammolite: This is the gem grade shell of the ammonite and it can only be found within a small corridor in Southern Alberta. While you can find colored shell within the United States as well as some of the other Prairie Provinces, it is often highly degraded and not considered to be gem grade quality.
From Left to Right: (1) Gem Grade Ammonite Fossil, (2) Close-up of Gem Grade Fossil, (3) Sterling Silver Ammolite Pendant, (4) Imperial free-form pendant
So to sum it up, all ammolite is found on ammonite but not all ammonite contain ammolite.
Let's try it this way...
The image below features an ammonite ... however it is colorless so this is not ammolite.
The image below this one is an ammonite with ammolite on it... this is often referred to as a gem grade ammonite.
As can be observed there is quite a large color difference when referring to an ammonite compared to a gem grade ammonite. And that color is called ammolite.
Hopefully that clears up the confusion!
It's an absolute pleasure to see this guy every morning! He just has such vibrant reds that pick up the sunlight like crazy. This is a particularly hard fossil to miss as he is displayed in one of the first cases as soon as you walk in. However, be warned. he is VERY heavy!!!
Due to certain features on the fossil, we believe this a Placenticeras costatum.
We've had an amazing 2015. It was great to meet and talk to everyone who came in the store. We are sure everyone has their own favorite story to share! Whether that was just talking about life in general or discussing our favorite subject (ammolite of course!!!).
Regardless we figured we would take the time and showcase a few fossils that we sold this past year. We appreciate everyone who chooses to buy from us and those really are the moments that we remember forever.
Can't wait to see what 2016 brings! We know we definitely have a few fossils that are undergoing the last few production steps. Then they are ready to be taken home! And, of course, there is tons of jewelry too!
Just on the final clean-up and look over with this big guy! Then he moves on to the glazing stage. Can't Wait!!!
Happy Holidays from everyone here at the Ammonite Factory.
Special holiday hours:
December 24th: Regular hours (10am - 5pm)
December 25th: Closed
December 26th: Regular Hours (10am - 5pm)
December 31st: Regular Hours (10am - 5 pm)
January 1st: Regular Hours (10am - 5pm)
We have something new coming to our online store...
Hope you are as excited for this as we are
Check back for updates.
Trick or treat!!!
Except we don't want candy, we want ammolite!!!
It was such a warm and sunny day yesterday. We ended up taking a quick break to photograph this gem grade Ammonite fossil in the sun. Such gorgeous colors too!
Don't worry though! We were still hard at work producing new product.
We here at the Ammonite Factory are having a fantastic time preparing all the beautiful ammolite jewelry!
We are busy getting some more pieces ready to post on-line. We should be up and running shortly with our web-store shortly!