“Ammolite” is the name given to the colorful and wonderful ammonite fossils found in Southern Alberta. It is an opal-like gem mineral that displays an extraordinary play of color ranging from bright red all the way to deep violets. Their shells underwent a unique fossilization process from exposure to pressure, temperature and geographic location which caused the animal’s shell to recrystallize into amazing iridescent colors.
These unique treasures can only be found in one location worldwide - in the famous Bear Paw Formation in the southwest of Alberta, Canada. The specimens are mined on the Native American Blackfoot reservation, who themselves operate and oversee the excavation and production.
Since 1981 it is recognized as a gemstone by the CIBJO Colored Stones Commission. Ammolite is the only material in the world considered to be Fossil, Mineral and Gemstone.