Ammolite: “an opal-like organic gemstone found primarily along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains of North America. It is made of the fossilized shells of extinct, prehistoric sea creatures….”
Found only in a restricted area of the earth, and formed only under restricted conditions, this gorgeous piece of the far-distant past is one of only three gemstones to be introduced in the last 70 years. (The others are tanzanite and sugilite.)
This resplendent pice of ammolite was cut and set by Shawn Bluejacket, a Shawnee jeweler who has lived all over the world, and creates pieces that reflect her sophistication, femininity, impressive skill, and a certain charming quirkiness.
The rounded form of the ammolite is simply set in a minutely chiseled and textured silver bezel, to allow full attention on the jewel-toned iridescence of the stone.
Three tiny domes of silver pop up on one edge, while five, boxed silver circles and squares dance around the other.
They follow the curve of the stone, and echo it in the boxed circles, while adding accents of straight lines, in the little cubes.
Each little cube and drum-form is boxed, textured, and decorated in a unique way.
The symmetry of pairs-plus-one creates harmony, within the diversity of elements,
Even the back of the pin is textured and etched with tiny designs – individually, on the circles and squares; with the artist’s signature and other designs on the body of the piece.
Every bit hand fabricated, this delicately scaled, yet dramatic, pin is simply splendid.
With a brilliant and unusual stone, impeccable workmanship, and daintily edgy design, it will go – beautifully – anywhere in the world.