Ammolite is a form of fossilized opal-like mineral found primarily in Alberta, Canada. It is thought by some to be the rarest of all gemstones in the world. It is an organic stone, like pearls and amber, and there is much mysticism associated with it among the indigenous peoples of the area where it is found. Slivers of green, orange, and brown run through it, and the stone has incredible chatoyancy (shimmery properties) while still managing to be understated, somehow. It is a very soft stone (Mohs hardness of appx 5), so if you purchase this or another please be careful with it. Many businesses sell triplets of this, which is a thin sliver of the stone encased in quartz for strength. We prefer the all natural route, as laminated stones can and will separate over time, while a regular one can be re-polished if necessary. This stone measures appx 20mm long and is bezel set with a flowing, undulating rim of gold. This is mounted on a wide band, tapering to about 6mm on the bottom. The band is edged in a raised rail, gently following the natural bend of the ring without bringing hardness or too much symmetry to the design. Two 2.5mm round demantoid garnets are the accent stones on this piece, and they are set with bead prongs that repeat the shape beyond the actual setting. The underside of the stone has an open and hand-twisted gallery work that bubbled and simmers in design. The raised areas of the ring- rails and beadwork- are polished bright, while the lower recesses are sandblasted. Hand carved and hand set, totally one of a kind.