Freeforms are characterized by their irregular shape, and are hung on a pendant piece (called a bail). The name freeform comes because the gem is free of metal. We start by taking a raw piece of ammolite; stabilizing the gem if necessary, cutting and polishing the stone with lapidary wheels. To finish, we can further coat the gem with an epoxy glaze or leave it natural. With freeforms we than attach a bail to create a pendant.
These stones are usually regular shapes such as ovals, rectangles, pears, marquis, squares or circles. They will always contain a spinel or quartz cap.
Triplets are created by attaching ammolite to a backing and then adding a cap or glaze. The term triplet is used since there are three layers.
A composite, like a triplet, is made using shale for the backing and then layering sheets of ammolite. After, we apply a cap or glaze. This is often done to create AA gemstones as it enables smaller pieces to contain 3 or more colors.
Doublets have two layers instead of three; the natural adhesion of ammolite to its organic backing and then we apply a cap or glaze.
Mosaics are stones made from flakes of ammolite. Like a triplet, we take a shale backing and apply flakes of ammolite creating a mosaic. For the final step, we generally cover the ammolite with a clear coat of epoxy glaze but a cap of quartz or spinel can also be used.