Ammonites (Ammonoid) are fossilized snail-like creatures lived in seas between 240-65 millions years ago, when they became extinct along with the dinosaurs.
Ammonites are excellent index fossils, and it often possible to link the rock layer in which a particular species or genus is found to specific geologic time periods. Their fossil shells usually take the form of planispirals, although there were some helically spiraled and nonspiraled forms (known as hetaromophs).
The name “ammonites” from which the scientific term is derived, was inspired by the spiral shape of their fossilized shells, which somewhat resemble tightly coiled rams horns. Pliny the Elder (d.79 AD near Pimpeii) called fossils of these animals ammonia cornua (“horns of Ammon”) because the Egyptian god Ammon (Amun) was typically depicted wearing ‘ram’s horns. Often the name of an ammonites genus ends in -ceras, which is Greek
(κέρας) for horn.
This fossilized shell many found in Alberta and Madagascar, display iridescence. These iridescent ammonites are often of gem quality (ammolite)when polished. In no case would this iridescence have been visible during the animal’s life, additional shell layers covered it.〘Ammolite is vivid iridescent fossilized ammonites shell (aragonite) that thus far has been obtained from only two ammonites species (Placenticeras meeki and P. Intercalare), and only from those found in the Bearpaw Formation of southern Alberta, Canada. However, to be marketable as a gemstone〙.
The way to use and place Ammonites
① The Indians believed that the Ammonites is a mysterious natural symbol, and is considered to be lucky charm and mascot.
② Ammonites is a very powerful fossils because of the shell have been under ground for thousand of years, are believed to choke full of the Earth’ energy and miraculous healing properties. In Chinese culture, placed the Ammonites at home is said to bring material gains such as prosperity, health and riches. Display in the living room will helps to enhance the health luck of all family members and it also represent longevity. Plus, placing this powerful shell in office or home work desk to improve the career luck, or display it in main room of office building for positive energy generation.
You may also wearing a Ammonites’pendant or keep a small ones in your briefcase to attract wealth and good career luck wherever you go.
③ Thus, it also has the funtion of attracting love, increase in wealth.