FOSSILS & SPECIMENS
Ammonites are part of an extinct group of marine mollusc animals that lived from 66 to 201 million years ago, during the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods. They had a coiled external shell similar to that of the modern nautilus. Our ammonites are sourced from Madagascar, an area renowned for producing beautifully preserved ammonite fossils, many of which display beautiful patterns that have been agatised. You can often see the inner chambers of an ammonite preserved as hollow cavities lined with crystals.
Recently discovered on a pristine hill in central India which was once under a Prehistoric sea called Tethys, spiralite gemshells blur the lines between fossils and crystals. Naturally beautiful and estimated to be over 100 million years old, each gemshell has an unusual and rare left hand coiling. In the fossilisation process, the original seashell is completely replaced by semi-precious agate and stunning druzy quartz crystals in a beautiful variety of colours. Each spiralite gemshell is unique and highly desirable among collectors.
Formed in a similar way to other fossils, Opalised Fossils are created when plant or animal material are preserved in rock as silica, which opal is a hydrated amorphous form of. These beautiful and colourful fossils include opalised bones of dinosaurs, marine life such as molluscs, bony fish, freshwater crayfish, frogs and turtles, and plant material like pine cones, stems and seeds.