Ammolite – A Favourite Canadian Gemstone
Ammolite is not very hard or tough. It is often fashioned as a doublet or triplet, this means that there is a sturdy backing glued to the piece of ammolite and with a triplet a colourless piece of material is glued to the top for added protection. Whether the ammolite is a solid piece, a doublet or a triplet, you must take special care of your ammolite jewellery. Limit contact with water, soaps, detergents, chemicals and cleaners and be sure to avoid exposure to direct, intense heat. To clean your ammolite jewellery use a soft, damp cloth to gently wipe away dirt.
Korite International has mines that produce 90% of the world’s supply of ammolite. Their mines are expected to be exhausted in about 20 years. Please visit the Korite International website for more information about mining ammolite, the production of ammolite jewellery and photos of their beautiful ammolite jewellery.
This video is from Aurora Canadian Jewellery and shows you the actual mining procedure and how the ammonite doublets and triplets are formed. You can see from this video that each piece of ammolite is unique and therefore each piece of ammolite jewellery is unique. This is something to keep in mind if you are considering an ammolite purchase.
There is an excellent DVD that shows the mining of ammolite and the production of ammolite jewellery. The DVD is called “Birth of a Gemstone” and is in a series of DVDs called “Stones of Fate and Fortune”. Excellent specimens of ammolite can often be found in natural history museums. These specimens can be found at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Posted on June 7, 2011, in Individual Gemstones and tagged ammolite, ammonite, Aurora Canadian Jewellery, Birth of a Gemstone, Canada, canadian, gemmologist, gemmology, gemologist, gemology, korite, rom, royal ontario museum. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.