Frequently Asked Questions


It’s natural to be curious about Iniskim Ammolite

At Iniskim, our goal is to introduce, educate and pique interest about one of the rarest gemstones in the world. We welcome any questions you might have about Canadian Ammolite and our company. Here you’ll find general questions that are frequently asked, but we encourage you to contact us if you have more.

General FAQs

What is the difference between Ammonite and Ammolite?

Ammonites are the fossils of extinct marine mollusks that lived approximately 65 to 240 million years ago during the geological time period known as the Mesozoic era. They were similar to modern-day squid or nautilus and possessed distinctive spiral-shaped shells.

Ammolite, on the other hand, is a gemstone material derived from the fossilized shells of Ammonites. It is formed when the original aragonite shell of an Ammonite is preserved and undergoes a process called mineralization over millions of years.

Ammolite Gemstone FAQs

Where is Ammolite found?

The Bearpaw Formation in Alberta is the exclusive source of gemstone-grade Ammonite. This variety stands out with its exceptional and distinctive colours, making it the only type to hold official gemstone status.

Ammonite Fossil FAQs

How old is Ammonite?

Ammonite is over 71 million years old.