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Copy of Turquoise & Diopside Necklace 001

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This necklace is made with Fossilized Ammonites with color still left one the shell and deep red Garnet gemstones as accents.  The Ammonite Fossils are roughly 16mm in diameter and I used PMC Paper Clay for the bezel settings and traditional chain mail techniques to join each bezel so the necklace bends and moves freely. The necklace measures 18 inches in length but is adjustable up to 21 inches.

 

History

Ammonites are the ancient equivalent to the modern-day chambered Nautilus. These sea faring squids built a chambered shell in which they would pump air into the empty chambers and float at different levels of the ocean in search of food. This unique ability to float at different depths of the ocean is what inspired Jules Vern (the famous science fiction writer) to call the first submarine the Nautilus. Ammonites lived approximately 400 million years ago.

 

Ammonites received their name because of their resemblance to a ram's horn, symbol of the Egyptian god Ammon. Native Americans called them buffalo stones and believed they brought good fortune. Some in England called them snake stones, believing them to have been turned to stone by saints.

 

 

 

Why Mathematicians love Ammonites:

 

The Fibonacci sequence is a list of numbers where every number is the sum of the previous two. The Fibonacci sequence starts at 1 and grows infinitely:

 

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 …

 

To put this sequence into mathematical terms, each term Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2. The Fibonacci sequence can be illustrated geometrically by drawing boxes. The first box should be 1×1, the second box 1×1, the third 2×2, the fourth 3×3, the fifth 5×5, the sixth 8×8, and so on. Each box should be adjacent to the boxes that come before it, forming a spiral of boxes. Have your students create their own Fibonacci squares – graph paper with small boxes works best.

 

What does ammonite have to do with Fibonacci? Ammonite shells are a naturally occurring example of the Fibonacci sequence. If you draw a quarter circle in each Fibonacci square, they connect to form an ever increasing spiral.

 

 

 

Scientific Properties:

 

Mohs Hardness of 6-6.5.

 

Originating from within the bactritoid nautiloids, the ammonoid cephalopods first appeared in the Devonian (circa 400 million years ago) and became extinct at the close of the Cretaceous (65.5 Ma) along with the dinosaurs.

 

The classification of ammonoids is based in part on the ornamentation and structure of the septa comprising their shells' gas chambers; by these and other characteristics we can divide subclass Ammonoidea into three orders and eight known suborders. While nearly all nautiloids show gently curving sutures, the ammonoid suture line (the intersection of the septum with the outer shell) was folded, forming saddles (or peaks) and lobes (or valleys).

 

Mystical Properties:

 

 

 

In ancient Egypt, this fossil is named for the Egyptian god Ammon, because their shape resembles his ram horns. Ammonite was prized by the ancient Egyptian and Roman societies and likely many other cultures the ammonite was seen as a symbol of almost any deity was connected the curved horns of the ram. For this reason they were considered sacred in Ethiopia. The natives of this region wore the ammonite primarily to assist with prophetic dreams, but also it is said to grant deep meditation.

 

Ammonite is used in finding your way down the spiritual spiral path to the center where the God and Goddess await, as well as past-life meditations.

 

It is told that these 'stones' radiate positive Earth energy, and to bring good luck as well as general prosperity.

 

 

 

Healing Properties:

 

Ammonite is said to assist with general good health, stamina and high energy. It is told to change negativity into smoothly flowing energy. It is also said to assist with childbirth, depression, and general survival instincts.

 

Ammonite helps to release karmic debris and harmful thought patterns. This fossil also works on stimulating the instincts while providing clarity and enhancing personal power. Worn as jewelry it imparts sensuous beauty and charisma.

 

Ammonites will also help to lift the heaviness that is sometimes felt during depression.

 

 

 

Magical Properties:

 

Energy: Receptive
Element: Akasha
Powers: Elemental power, past life regression, protection, longevity

 

Fossils including not simply ammonite, but snake stone, witch stone and sponge are all negative impressions or remains of ancient creatures and plants that dissipated from the earth millions of years ago, and eons of time have turned them into stone. Since these creatures were once alive, they are linked with the fifth element, Akasha.

 

Fossils represent time, eternity, evolution. In general they are used as protective objects, worn in jewelry to increase your natural defenses. Fossils of all kinds are worn as amulets to increase life span, due to their lineage.

 

Ammonites were known in the Middle Ages as draconites, due to their spiral appearance they were believed to come from the head of dragons, and were often bound to the left arm for magical projection. In more recent times in Britain they were called snake stones.

 

 

 

Chakra Classification:

 

Ammonite helps to dispel chaos and turns negative energy into smooth, flowing energy especially 1st, or Root/Base Chakra. Ammonites are often used for activating Kundalini and life path energies, especially due to the spiral shape, similar to the coil of the Kundalini energy.

 

CLEANING

 

Pour warm water into a basin. Test the water temperature by dipping your hand into it. If the water is too warm for your hand, it is too warm for the fossil. Add mild dish washing liquid to the water. Place the fossil jewelry in the solution. Soak for no longer than 5 minutes. Remove the jewelry from the cleaning solution and clean the stones with a soft cloth or toothbrush. Rinse the jewelry with warm water and pat it dry.

 

WARNINGS

 

Be sure the jeweler discloses any special care requirements before you buy the jewelry. These requirements may conflict with the instructions cleaning given here; if so, follow your jeweler's recommendations.

 

Clean fossils no more frequently than necessary and certainly no more often than several times a year.

 

Do not clean fossils with steam, ultrasonic, petroleum distillates or any organic solvent, as many so-called "jewelry cleaners" are. This will start to dissolve the fossil, and many of these cleaning treatments require soaking the stone for an excessive length of time which is not recommended

 

 

 

STORING 

 

Store your fossil jewelry separate from other gemstones in pure cotton or velvet because harder stones will scratch the surface of your fossil.

 


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