The ammolite is the precious, dazzling, petrified stone shell of Placenticeras meeki and placenticeras intercalar amcalites of the high sea slates of the Bearpaw Formation. Ammonites are a marine laclus, a member of the cephalopod class, which died out about 65 million years ago. The ammolite itself is actually a very thin sheet, about 0.5 to 0.8 millimeters (0.02-0.03 inches). Ammolite is rare without its matrix, which is typically a grey to brown slate, limestone clay or limestone. The so-called “freeze fracture” is common; Exposed to the elements and compressed by sediment, thin ammolite tends to crack and flake; Prolonged exposure to the sun can also lead to whitening. The crackle leads to a woven appearance, sometimes described as “dragon skin” or “spotted stained glass”. Ammolite extracted from deeper deposits can be completely smooth or with a torn surface. Occasionally, a complete ammonite shell is restored with its well-preserved structure: fine and confused lines encircle the hull chambers, and the total shape indicates a Nautilus. While these shells can grow to 90 centimetres (35.5) in diameter, dazzling ammonites (unlike the pyritized variety) are generally much smaller. Most of the motley skins have replaced their pseudomorphic aragonite with calcite or pyrite, making the presence of ammolite particularly unusual.  The ammonites that make up the ammolite inhabited a deep prehistoric sea sea adjacent to the Rockies – this area is now known as Cretaceous or Western Interior Seaway.
When the ammonites died, they sank to the ground and were buried by layers of beta sludge that eventually became slate. Many quality ammonites of gemstones are found in siderite concretes. These sediments preserved shell aragonite and prevented it from turning into calcite.  The dazzling abalone shell (or paua, mainly blue-green); The genus Haliotis) is one last possible imitation. Abalone shell is cheap and abundant due to the commercial mariculture of these gastropods for their meat. The structure of the shell is distinctive: the tortuous ribbons of blue, green and rose are bounded by lines of dark brown conchioline, a protein material that holds the shell together. The brilliance of the abalone shell is silkier than the glass body shine of the polished ammolite, and the colors of the two materials are not far away. However, some abalone shells were colored and received a transparent synthetic quartz cap forming a doublet in the same way as ammolite. These doublets are perhaps the most deceptive, and have also been used to mimic Opal.
Beneath the magnification, most abamenes-doublets show concentrated dyes along certain areas, and air bubbles trapped at the shell-quartz interface. Expeditions to all ammonite exposure areas in Alberta 1993 – 1999 The trial also allows those like Jack, with permission to gather ammonites on First Nations lands to choose them. Those who purchase the products should also receive a receipt with the product`s authorization number. Each ammonite, he explains, is unique. The most valuable piece he ever found was a 28-inch blue-green, orange and purple ammonite found on the blood supply.