Ammolite Olla Maiden

By Kateri Quandelacy Sanchez, Zuni-Acoma

Animal: Olla Maiden, Material: Ammolite
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In prehistoric days from about the Devonian to the Cretaceous periods, the right conditions had to be in place for an ancient ammonoid mollusk to fossilize as an ammonite. As the ancient seas receded, the ammonoids were buried by layers of bentonite sediment. This sediment preserved the aragonite of their shelled remains, preventing it from converting to calcite. A very thin sheet of material on the surface of the creature's shell, between approximately 0.5 to 0.8 millimeters, opalized and those rare areas are called an ammolite. Kateri Quandelacy Sanchez's amazing Olla Maiden has been made from an ammonite with ammolite or opalized areas. Iridescent red and orange subtle hues glow, highly-prized as gem quality by collectors. Facial features are etched and filled with jet paste in gold lip shell. The olla jar is from carved turquoise filled with crushed turquoise, coral and lapis. The center is filled with crushed turquoise to represent more water. About 3 5/8" tall, 3" wide and 3/4" deep.

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