The beauty of coloured gemstones has long captured the attention of consumers, but investment-savvy buyers know the true value of owning gemstones that appreciate over time. Though considered an unconventional choice for investment, high-value, rare, luxury products like coloured gemstones will outshine a stock, bond, or cryptocurrency. And the extraordinarily rare Canadian Ammolite is no exception.
As one of the last gemstones to be accepted by the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) in 1981 in the past 300 years, Ammolite is one of the rarest coloured gemstones that cannot be duplicated or replicated. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, an investment in Ammolite is investing in a piece of Canadian history.
Better yet, Ammolite has appreciated approximately 30% year-over-year in the last 15 years. And investors looking for alternative sources of investment are taking note that the market value of gemstones is more stable.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. At Iniskim, education is key to understanding and appreciating the true worth of Ammolite. So, let’s dive in!
Canadian Ammolite Supply
A key factor for investors, and Ammolite lovers, is that limited production and supply continue to make the gemstone one of the rarest in the world. Leading industry experts have been mindful of the supply since its discovery as there’s minimal indication of how much more gem-quality Ammonite can be mined.
Experts suggest that the supply of the highest-quality specimens will only be viable for another few decades. And as the supply runs out, the value will increase.
Did you know? Gem-quality Ammonite is only found in Southern Alberta, Canada. This specific type of Ammonite is unique because of the kaleidoscope of colour seen today – unlike any other fossilized mollusks discovered worldwide. Learn more about the Ammonite Fossils journey through time.
The Value of Ammolite
Similar to when you choose a coloured gemstone or quality diamond as investment pieces, the rules of shopping for quality, premium products apply. The grade, patterns, vibrancy and range of colour all contribute to the overall characteristics and value of an Ammolite gemstone. Focusing on a multitude of colours, especially with blue and violet being present, are more valuable and sought-after.
The highest grade for Ammolite gemstone is AAA, which means it is exquisite. These gemstones feature three or more brilliantly vivid colors, and with no matrix lines (fracture lines) visible. There are only between 5% and 8% of the Ammolite mined today of this grade.
The higher the grade, the higher the investment value.
Also note that it’s best to focus on naturally polished, freeform stones. This means that the gemstone is in its most authentic form and top quality.
An innovative and one-of-a-kind jewellery design showcasing Ammolite and set with other high-yielding gemstones can increase a piece’s value. The combination, such as an Ammolite pendant set with a halo of quality emeralds and diamonds would be a high-end investment that is seen as more fashionable and desirable.
Beyond the current trend of coloured gemstone jewellery worldwide, a beautifully designed pendant, earrings, bracelets, cufflinks, brooches or rings could be valuable to keep as a family heirloom. The increasing awareness of the scarcity of Ammolite means that demand could increase for the beloved Canadian gemstone.
This would result in a surge of consumers and investors looking for unique pieces at a higher cost – if a family would be willing to part with a generational sentimental piece.
As the Canadian gemstone continues to make its mark with a touch of intrigue, the future of Ammolite is bright. Iniskim anticipates that Ammolite with one-of-a-kind statement pieces can capture the attention of the most discerning collectors and investors globally.