At Pyramid we find ammonites one of the most exciting of fossilized materials – they naturally lend themselves to jewelry concepts. We don’t have to think hard about designs utilizing ammonites – the spiraling art and color is built into the ammonite fossil. They work with all jewelry types and most pieces work with women or men.
The name “ammonite” is derived from the ancient Egyptian god Ammon, who considered them to be divine. He is represented by the head of a ram with twisted spiral horns, reminiscent of the twisted shells of the ammonite. Ammonites thrived from around 435 million years ago. Their fossils were one of the first forms of jewelry: from cavemen to present day!
Ammonites were predatory, squidlike creatures that lived inside coil-shaped shells. Like other cephalopods, ammonites had sharp, beaklike jaws inside a ring of tentacles that extended from their shells to snare prey such as small fish and crustaceans. Some ammonites grew more than three feet (one meter) across—possible snack food for the giant mosasau
During the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, ammonites evolved more streamlined shells for swimming and the structure of their shells became stronger. Different shell shapes also emerged, such as snail-like or uncoiled. (An AmmoLITE is an Ammonoid that over millions and millions of years and through contact with various minerals obtained a rainbow hue. In 1981, the International Commission for Colored Stones accepted ammolite as an organic precious stone.
At Pyramid Studios we are proud of our selection of interesting and fashionable Jurassic Jewelry. Most is appropriate for either a man or woman. Each has a dynamic story to tell. No dinosaur, shark, trilobite or any other extinct creature were harmed in making our fossil jewelry.
We are Pyramid Studios at 10 State Street in Downtown Ellsworth and when it comes to jewelry, we rock. And when it comes to Jurassic Jewelry, we are the folks using extinct material to make distinct jewelry way ahead of it’s time. To view our complete Jurassic line just travel right here.
Our store hours:
Wednesday – 10am – 5:30pm
Thursday – 10am – 5:30pm
Friday – 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday – 10am – 4:00pm
Sun/Mon/Tue – Closed
Pyramid Studios are full service jewelry professionals located in Ellsworth, Maine for over three decades. Our two master jewelers are always available to meet with customers to consult and custom design engagement, bridal, or any jewelry needs. Pyramid Studios stocks a full in-store inventory of diamonds, colored gems, freshwater, Cook Island, and Akoya Pearls for settings in gold, sterling silver and platinum.
Other services include complete jewelry repair, care and cleaning, watch battery replacement and re-stranding services by our beading department.