Ammonite - Kosmoceras Pyritized, Jurassic Period - Russia, Ryazan
Ammonite - Kosmoceras Pyritized, Jurassic Period - Russia, Ryazan

 


Ammonites are the ancient equivalent to the modern-day chambered Nautilus. These seafaring squids built a chambered shell in which they would pump air into the empty chambers and float at different levels of the ocean in search of food. The animals that lived in these shells looked like a squid or an octopus with tentacles for grasping food or moving around the ocean floor. The word ammonite is derived from the name of the Greek god Ammon that appeared with ram horns on its head. Many Fengh Shui masters believe ammonites have absorbed the knowledge of the universe, storing that energy in the spirals of the shell and radiating it out, to the benefit of anyone near it. Ammonites lived approximately 400 million years ago. Our ammonites come from Morocco, Madagascar and Germany.

 

The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, is an iron sulfide. The mineral’s metallic luster and pale brass yellow hue has earned it the nickname fool’s gold because of its resemblance to gold. Given the right conditions, pyrite is known to form in the shape of near-perfect cubes! Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals. The name pyrite is derived from the Greek word puritês meaning “of fire” or “in fire”. In ancient Roman times, this name was applied to several types of stone that would create sparks when struck against steel. Pyrite was well known in the 16th and 17th centuries as a source of ignition in early firearms. Pyrite is a protective, shielding stone and is excellent to wear or carry as an amulet to deflect harm and danger. It is especially helpful when one is away from home or performing hazardous work.