Art Minion Designs
Ammonite w/ Simbircite inclusion set in Sterling Silver
Hand-fabricated in Portland, OR by Art Minion Designs
Size: Approximately 55mm x 55mm
Chain (Included): Approximately 22" in length with a lobster clasp, oxidized Sterling Silver
What is Simbircite?
Simbircite is relatively new to the gemstone world yet it is an ancient stone. Formed over 160 million years ago, Simbircite with pyrite is both a gemstone and fossil. What is it, exactly? Simply put, it is a crystalized ammonite from the age of the dinosaurs. After ammonites became extinct, a complex mixture of calcite (CaCO3), aragonite, pyrite, marl, chabazite and quartz crystalized in the empty chasms of the ammonite shell. That is what gives this stone its gorgeous yellow and amber colors. The veins of gold (pyrite) seen throughout the stone were originally the bones of the ammonite. Simbircite took approximately 80 million years to form. Mind. Blown.
Where does Simbircite come from?
Simbircite, also known as “River Volga Amber”, comes from the Russian city of Simbirsk (now Ulianovsk). Since olden times, the locals of river Volga made amulets, pendants and other decorations using this stone. They used powder from these stones for cicatrization of wounds and treatment for eczemas. It is believed to give energy to the person carrying it; “take a little sun in hands”. Simbircite is also believed to promote domestic prosperity and happiness, enhance memory, sufficiency, creativity and the ability to recover peace of mind and equilibrium.