Sterling silver band with Pyritized Ammonite gemstone. Ammonites were marine animals that existed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and are related to modern-day octopi, squid and cuttlefish. The same event that wiped out dinosaurs was the end of this species, as well. Pyritized ammonite occurs when, during petrification, the ammonite's organic material is replaced with pyrite, or iron disulfide more commonly known as 'fool's gold'. The result is a beautifully preserved and durable ammonite fossil.
Artist: Frank Maiolo