USAmmolite

USAmmolite

Utah, United States · 464 Sales

USAmmolite

USAmmolite

Utah, United States 464 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to USAmmolite. I am a rockhound, meaning that I love to get out in the mountains and find beautiful gemstones and crystals, some of which are rare and valuable. A few years ago, a couple friends and I found a deposit of gem quality ammolite in Utah and filed a claim. Some sites claim that the only gem quality ammolite comes from Canada - which was true for many years. However, this find clearly refutes such statements made today. All gem quality ammolite sold in this shop was found by me on our site in Utah. Except for the Australian and other fire opal pieces, all of the other stones sold in this shop were personally found and worked by myself to create the pieces listed.

Ammolite is one of the rarest and most beautiful gemstones in the world. The stone comes from the shell of an extinct sea creature that lived between 70 and 120 million years ago. It's closest living relative today is the nautilus, a squid-like, ammonite creature that scoots about in its snail-like shell.

Ammolite is one of nature's greatest artistic achievements. No other natural stone has similar fire and brilliance. Each stone has a chromatic color shift as the stone is turned. Reds often shift to greens, greens to golds and blue. Each piece is unique and virtually every color of the rainbow may be found in various stones.

More than 99% of gem quality ammolite comes from Canada and so deposits are extremely rare in other places - like Utah. One might ask if Utah ammolite is different than the Canadian variety. The answer is simple: The ammolite fossil stone itself is the same, however, at least some of the host rock may be different. At least some Canadian ammolite host rock is described as a "baculite", a form of limestone. The Utah variety is found in a tan to grey limestone. Ammolite from both sources must be stabilized prior to cutting or grinding the stone. The quality of stones from both places is virtually the same, although dominant colors may vary somewhat.

Like fire opal, ammolite is a relatively soft stone (it's an ancient fossil sea shell), so each stone either has a cab (a hard clear stone dome, usually a clear quartz or spinel) or a clear resin coating as a protection for the stone. All processing of the stone and work by USAmmolite was done, by myself, right here in Utah. I have a variety of grades and colors and am pleased to be able to provide these specimens in art forms for the enjoyment of my customers. Please let me know by email or convo if you have any special requests. Volume discounts for multiple pieces are also available upon request.

Other rare and interesting stones may be found on this site including Tiffany Stone/bertrandite, azurite, variscite, variquoise, chrysocolla, magnetite and a nice variety of fire opal. I also have a limited amount of rough in these stones that I am willing to sell to those interested.

Please also visit the etsy shop owned by one of my greatest rockhounding friends called Learnin Rocks. Robin has excellent rock collection kits that include extremely rare and valuable gemstones, fossils and mineral specimens that are worthwhile for any rock collector at, what I believe, are very low prices.

I hope you enjoy the pieces sold on my site as much as I enjoyed finding and working them!

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Last updated on Apr 27, 2016

Welcome to USAmmolite. I am a rockhound, meaning that I love to get out in the mountains and find beautiful gemstones and crystals, some of which are rare and valuable. A few years ago, a couple friends and I found a deposit of gem quality ammolite in Utah and filed a claim. Some sites claim that the only gem quality ammolite comes from Canada - which was true for many years. However, this find clearly refutes such statements made today. All gem quality ammolite sold in this shop was found by me on our site in Utah. Except for the Australian and other fire opal pieces, all of the other stones sold in this shop were personally found and worked by myself to create the pieces listed.

Ammolite is one of the rarest and most beautiful gemstones in the world. The stone comes from the shell of an extinct sea creature that lived between 70 and 120 million years ago. It's closest living relative today is the nautilus, a squid-like, ammonite creature that scoots about in its snail-like shell.

Ammolite is one of nature's greatest artistic achievements. No other natural stone has similar fire and brilliance. Each stone has a chromatic color shift as the stone is turned. Reds often shift to greens, greens to golds and blue. Each piece is unique and virtually every color of the rainbow may be found in various stones.

More than 99% of gem quality ammolite comes from Canada and so deposits are extremely rare in other places - like Utah. One might ask if Utah ammolite is different than the Canadian variety. The answer is simple: The ammolite fossil stone itself is the same, however, at least some of the host rock may be different. At least some Canadian ammolite host rock is described as a "baculite", a form of limestone. The Utah variety is found in a tan to grey limestone. Ammolite from both sources must be stabilized prior to cutting or grinding the stone. The quality of stones from both places is virtually the same, although dominant colors may vary somewhat.

Like fire opal, ammolite is a relatively soft stone (it's an ancient fossil sea shell), so each stone either has a cab (a hard clear stone dome, usually a clear quartz or spinel) or a clear resin coating as a protection for the stone. All processing of the stone and work by USAmmolite was done, by myself, right here in Utah. I have a variety of grades and colors and am pleased to be able to provide these specimens in art forms for the enjoyment of my customers. Please let me know by email or convo if you have any special requests. Volume discounts for multiple pieces are also available upon request.

Other rare and interesting stones may be found on this site including Tiffany Stone/bertrandite, azurite, variscite, variquoise, chrysocolla, magnetite and a nice variety of fire opal. I also have a limited amount of rough in these stones that I am willing to sell to those interested.

Please also visit the etsy shop owned by one of my greatest rockhounding friends called Learnin Rocks. Robin has excellent rock collection kits that include extremely rare and valuable gemstones, fossils and mineral specimens that are worthwhile for any rock collector at, what I believe, are very low prices.

I hope you enjoy the pieces sold on my site as much as I enjoyed finding and working them!

Gale Thorne

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Gale Thorne

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Life is great, short and really tough sometimes. I know.

I live addicted to the outdoors, that is, being in nature - fishing, hiking, climbing, rock hounding, the works. Sometimes it seems I can't get enough of it. Like most guys, I have a job that keeps me away from nature too much of the time.

When I was 7 years old, my Uncle Duke, came to a family gathering with a bag of polished rocks. I was instantly hooked. My brothers and I spent hours examining, studying and learning about rocks. In fact, I've never stopped being amazed.

When my youngest son, Sam, was 5 years old, he and I started rock hounding regularly. My other children were uninterested. It turns out that getting teenagers up at 5 AM to go look for rocks all day is not very popular. Sam, though, liked it like I did almost. We decided to focus on crystals and gemstones. We found garnets, topaz, bixbyite, red beryl and lots of other great stones. Unfortunately, Sam became a teenager and lost interest. He'll be back - at least I hope so. My oldest son, Gale, will go out with me sometimes so I have faith that Sam will return to the addiction.

My new friends, George and Ron started rock hounding with me as Sam grew tired of the activitiy. We were of the same mind, mostly crazy. We arose early, rock hounded all day and came home very late when we couldn't lift our arms any more. My crystal/gemstone collection expanded to Spencer fire opal, aquamarines, sapphires and other rare stones.

One day ammolite came into our lives. It's an extremely rare gemstone/fossil. We found a deposit right here in Utah, filed a claim and now I'm selling it on etsy with a number of other stones, the large majority of which I found myself. George talked me into making jewelry and I discovered that I enjoyed it. I am an inventor and have about 28 patents to my name so far and enjoy doing creative work.

In fact, every year during winter I go through my crazy time. Sadly, I can't find gemstones under the snow. So I started creating. It started with dragonflies, expanded to fly fishing flies, spiders, jellyfish and trees of life. Then my sensitive side came out one cold winter and I started making hearts. I don't like to talk about it much. Recently, I received a request to make a few fox necklaces. Sometimes I can't wait to see what I'm going to do next.

I also like to write and one of my books may be found on my etsy site. I sell quite a few of them at local rock and gem shows.

George, Ron and I still rockhound, but not as much. They are about 20 years older than me and so things are harder for them. My new friend Robin (etsy site: Learnin Rocks) and I go rock hounding together regularly now. Robin has corrupted me into finding rare stones outside of my crystal/gemstone mantra to other varieties that include other rare and useful stones. These include Tiffany Stone (aka bertrandite), variquoise, variscite and petrified palm wood. I enjoy working with those stones as well and many pieces with these stones may be found on my site along with some that are cool, but not so rare.

I believe in education. I just finished my Masters degree (sorry to brag). I hope it will encourage my children and others to continue their learning, no matter what age any of us might be. Maybe I'll go for my doctorate - not too late.

Life is great, short and really tough sometimes. I know. Now, I get up every day trying to figure out how to make the most of each one. It is something that I hope for everyone.

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