Spectacular ammonites

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  1. neuropteris

    neuropteris GPO Registered

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    Hello all

    As Kevin mentioned in his thread its a bit quiet out there in dead ceph land. I for one haven't been out and about as much as I should have and have found squat diddley for months. Here are 3 of the more spectacular ammos on my shelves. All acquisitions, can't claim to have found any of these but they do look very nice even if I do say so myself.

    First a Caloceras sp from the Lias of the south of England. 8cm at its widest point and showing the irridesence that that particular locality is famous for.

    Second is a monster Cadoceras sublaeve complete to the mouth border. The coin is 2cm for scale. Comes from the Jurassic Kellaways formation of Wiltshire

    Thirdly a spiney Sonninia from the Oolite of Dorset. Preserved in calcite and once again the coin is 2cm

    All the best

    Andy
     

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    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Great ammonites you have there Andy. Always nice to see shells with that irridesence. 8-)
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Those are beautiful. I need to get myself an ammonite fossil...

    Where does that irridesence come from? i.e., is it formed over time, or...? How does that come about?
     
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    Great, great, great, great, great... Grandmother of Pearl.

    Although it is probably calcite replacing the original aragonite, but it keeps the same crystal form so the light refracts or reflects the same colors.
     
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    Any size... I gotta start with something! Let's PM and transact!
     
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    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Wow, stunning Andy! That first ammonite, is it coated with anything to preserve it?
     
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    I don't know for certain but I suspect its had a light coat of varnish. The colours are all natural though. I'd love to know how they got the matrix that smooth.

    I knew someone was going to ask how the irridesence occurs so thanks Kevin for saving me the job of looking it up :grin: You can occasionally find a mother of pearl effect on Yorkshire coast Dactylioceras though its pretty rare and only affects a small portion of the ammonite.

    Andy
     
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    fluffysquid Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    if you like your ammonites colorful.... I picked up a partial ammonite in Canada last year with a shocking amount of iridescence. A few companies market it as Ammolite in jewelry. nice pictures here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammolite

    I also picked up a lesser piece set in a pendant than is pictured there... it only flashes green, blue, and purple!
     
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    Ammolite ammonites are also quite stunning. I've seen a few on the web but they cost a fortune. Maybe when I've won the lottery......
     

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