Ammolite – Colorful Gemstone of Alberta Canada

Aragonite mineral - ammonite mollusks - ammolite gem of Southern Alberta

Ammolite – fossilized shell of extinct ammonite mollusks – Glenbow Museum in Calgary Alberta

Ammolite is a gemstone made from fossilized shells of the extinct ammonite mollusks – squidlike creatures –  found primarily in Southern Alberta. The shells could grow to as large as 1 meter in diameter.

Ammolite close-up of the extinct ammolite mollusk - Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary Alberta

Ammolite close-up of an ammonite fossil – Glenbow Museum in Calgary Alberta

Ammolite is often made into colorful gemstones and Feng Shui practitioners refer to it as the “Seven Color Prosperity Stone”. That’s a little too woo-woo for me but the colors are pretty!

Ammolite stone from fossilized ammonite shells - Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary Alberta

Ammolite stone at Calgary Glenbow Museum

I took these photos of ammolite during my recent visit to Calgary Alberta in July. I spent an afternoon touring around the Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary.  The museum has an impressive collection of minerals including gems, crystals, metals, and fluorescent minerals.

I grew up in Calgary and every year our school took us on a field trip to the Glenbow Museum but I didn’t recall viewing the mineral collection so it was interesting to view all of the fascinating samples.

A journey through the alphabet with ABC Wednesday Project where people from around the world create a weekly post – visiting the letter A this week.

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Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter


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  1. Hildred says:

    What a beautiful inheritance we have from ancient times.

  2. Leslie says:

    Wow! Those are awesome shots!

    abcw team

  3. Roger Green says:

    the closeups are particularly beautiful!

  4. Those are terrific, thanks for sharing♪

  5. Reader Wil says:

    I didn’t know that nature could create such beauty! This is absolutely stunning! Almost. not real!
    Thanks for showing, Susan
    Wil, ABCW team

  6. Tina says:

    it looks so beautiful

  7. so colourful and beautiful, I’m visiting from ABC Wednesday

  8. Such beautiful colours great shots too ! My first husband’s family came from Edmonton Alberta, I believe it is a lovely place. They are ranchers and live out in the wilds, sure have an interesting lifestyle,
    Best wishes,

    • Susan Moore says:

      It’s beautiful country around Edmonton – a friend of mine recently showed me photos of a trip from Banff to Jasper and onward to Edmonton – gorgeous scenery all along the way!

  9. Chris Jones says:

    I love looking at unusual gemstones. It would be such fun to find one when out hiking.

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