I brought in for Tucson with some of the best color, excellent batch!!! However the folks in Morocco say the Pocket of Goniatites has dried up!!!
I heard this from every Morocco fossil dealer so I have to believe these will be in short supply in the future. Goniatites - Curved ammonites from Morocco. Small ones are moderately common. Large ones up to 12 are much rarer and in higher demand as decorator pieces. Even the medium size ones 5-8 are getting very hard to obtain.
And the price will continue to rise. Very few have been found in the last three years. Small ones moderately common, Medium and Large are rarer - especially ones over 5.
I had to dig under tables at Tucson. Open boxes and then beg the only two suppliers of these to sell me some. They both tried to limit how many any one dealer could get.
Had to go back several days and bug them to get the quantity I did. ONLY a few large ones in Tucson, they found very few this year. This is a wide body goniatite so it is Free Standing!!! Size (inches): 6.4" x 5.1".Size (cm): 161 mm x 131 mm. Mine location: Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
Closest living relative - Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and it's closest MODERN cousin is the Chambered Nautilus. First appeared - in shallow seas 450 million year ago.Extinct - in a catoclysmic event in the Cretaceous, with the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. Began life - less than 1 mm in diameter. About the size of a period in this sentence. Females - reported to grow 400% bigger than males. Shells - comprised of chambers growing as the ammonite did. Making 13 new chambers each year. The ammonite lived in the last section, called the living segment.
Medieval Europe - Ammonites were thought to be petrified snakes. They were called "snakestones" or "serpent stones". Ammonites were said to be evidence for the actions of St. Patrick - who drove the snakes out of Ireland.
In ancient times, traders would carve the face of a snake into the wide end of the ammonite fossil and sell them to the public. The name Ammonite - comes from their spiral shape. The fossilized shells somewhat resembled tightly coiled rams' horns. Pliny the Elder 79 A.Near Pompeii called these fossils - ammonis cornua ("horns of Ammon"). Because the Egyptian god Amman was typically depicted wearing ram's horns. Cleoniceras - These most colorful ammonites come from Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. 99% of the ammonites found in Madagascar are this species, with a smooth shell and angled "S-shaped" segments. The animal actually lived in the very last segments.
Variations in price are due to color differences and how many crystal cavities (or open'cave like' structures) in the segments. On average they lived 110 million years old. Cymatoceras - Wide body Madagascar ammonites, with "C" shaped cavities.Some stand on their own and do not need stands. Much rarer than the regular narrow body Cleoniceras. More like a Wide Body Nautilus. They are past this level of digging. Saw no new ones in Tucson.
Perisphinctes - Less than 1% of Madagascar ammonites are this type. Ridges are on the back from a complete different growth pattern. The chambers are also more compact and of a different shape. Frequently one of the most brightly colored.On normal ammonites, the middle is thicker. On Perisphinctes the inner coils are smaller which is a rare occurance among ammonites. These always command a high price. WIDE Body with D shaped segments inside. Very deep crystal cavities make them desirable. New find of small ones. These will not last, like many on this list they will be past that digging level soon. Then they may not be available (Limited). WIDE Body with an odd V shape segment.
Very deep crystal cavities make them very desirable. A Medium Body Ammonite similiar to the thin Cleoniceras, but wider body with a tighter coil of the shell. Usually with V- Shaped segments. Unlike the Cleoniceras which S-Shaped segments.Small ones 2-4 are moderately common. Medium and Large are rarer - especially ones over 5. The water level is too high.
So there will not be anymore. Update - In fact, the old pocket has run out. A new mine started and a few have trickled out. However the cost is 2X to 3X what I have been paying. Orthoceras - Straight ammonites from Morocco.Frequently found with round Morocco ammonites called goniatites. About 400 million years old, some of the oldest ammonites. These are cephalopods like modern squid and octopus. They mine these natural fossils in Morocco and have to cut away quite a bit of material to free them from the rock matrix.
Then polish them to a high shine. An incredible fossil at a affordable price. These are FREE standing, no need for stand. Check our other listings for these and other types of fine ammonites!! NEW FIND Spinoceras - Russian BLACK AND PYRITE ammonites.
Usually these are high end collector ONLY ammonites. It appears the river in Russia this Fall was running very high. The river washed away a large area of the bank exposing these RARE ammonites. So instead of seeing maybe 20 in Tucson I saw 200. I jumped on these great find.
If I don't sell them online, they go to my Fall shows and the collectors will eat them up. THESE will DEFINITELY NOT LAST. So definitely a good investment. BLACK AMMONITE - LESS THAN 1 in 100 is a black ammonite. Very RARE and highly prized by collectors.Five years ago these "were" found only 1 in 1000 ammonites. However you are in luck, as they have a new find in Madagascar. So you can pick one up for a better price. Last year they hit a large quantity of these. Tucson I saw maybe 10% of the volume I saw last year.
The price is sure to go back up when this new pocked of black ammonties run out. You better get them now before the price goes back up and the quantity & quality go down. LIMITED SUPPLY When they dig past this level that's all folks. Margarite Daisy ammonite (probably Choffaticeras).
Tucson new find from Madagascar!!!! So they are in all probability only found at ONE level of digging.
The people in Madagascar call them Margarite or "Daisy" flower ammonites as they resemble a local daisy flower. Chambers have large crystal cavities with nice botryoidial (bumpy) formations. Supersize the pictures for better viewing. Mine are the last ones you will see... Colors range from brown to grey to the ones I bought are more BLONDE.
Another dealer and good friend of mine had these, so I scooped up all the pretty ones he had. Left a couple of grey ones for another dealer. And yes they were not cheap, but when you see something this rare you have to grab it while is is available. I saw only one other ammonite dealer in Tucson was WHOLESALING i. Mine were much better color and more reasonably priced.
All of them appear to be HUGE as no small ones are found. So don't bother asking. Everything we have is listed.
And we found no small ones. Ultra RARE, get them while they last, and they will not last long. In Tucson, I saw only two (and they were not very nice, I know why they were left).When I tell you to get them NOW while they last, I mean it. When I say they are limited, "good ones" are limited. Kosmoceras or Pyrite ammonites - Pyrite actually replaces the animal shell. Calcite replaces the animal shell in most of the other ammonites. Pyrite ammonites are species Kosmoceras. Kosmoceras frequently have a opalized shell on the outside. Occasionally this shell is rainbow iridescent. Stunning colors of red, green, blue and other bright colors. In Russia, they use a chemical solution to remove the shell on one-half of the ammonite.
This exposed the pyrite segments inside. These are only found in Russia, in the Volga River area. Most are around 165 million years old. Temporarily back in - but the last we may see for a while... Caloceras johnstoni - Beautiful rainbow iridescent ammonite imprinted into shale.
Golden bronze colored with sparkling rainbow highlights throughout. These were very thin-walled Ammonites, which were crushed by tons of rock and debris during fossilization. This is the case with most of the Ammonites found in the UK.Flattening of the specimen therefore, has increased the area of iridescence of the shell. The shell is composed of alternating layers of conchiolin and aragonite along with other minerals that have replaced the shell during this fossilization process. These not only transmits light but also diffract it. Thus acting much as a "Rowland prism" to divide light into its component parts with certain wave lengths being heavily reinforced: glowing greens, spectacular reds with occasional brilliant blues and yellows. The strongest most vibrant colors frequently start to show thru.
These Jurassic Ammonites are about 200 million years old and some of the RAREST in the world. They come from Doniford Bay, Somerset UK and have fossilized in a brilliant metallic BRONZE ammolite like finish. These are very difficult to photograph and look much better in person.
They are truly beautiful and hard to capture in their true stunning colors. The chase - Ahead of the show, I contacted the only guy that has them in Tucson last year. He is from the UK. Told him I wanted them all, fine, he would be in on certain date.I got to his room at the appointed 9 a. The day before show even started.
I managed to find another supplier at another hotel. Much nicer ones than we usually see.
BUT these are HUGE, larger than a tennis ball can lid. Most of the others on the internet are quarter size to occasionally silver dollar size. These are over 3.5 and I had to pay up, but the quality is worth it.According to three different UK mineral dealers they guy that was getting these had to get a "proper job" and quit digging. There well be no more of these. Psiloceras planorbis - Beautiful rainbow iridescent ammonite imprinted into shale. Metallic baby blue colored with sparkling rainbow highlights throughout. More blue tone than Caloceras, above, smaller and more affordable. Slightly more common, however the price has been rising... (Rare, always in short supply and always will be rare). We angle the pictures to show the colors that is why there are several from the same angle. The best I saved for last!!! Heteromorph - These are the strangest animals around. A long " J hook " then a ammonite type shell.
There is some speculation they also partially buried themselves in the mud and held their tentacles in unique way to feed, thus the shape. However I found only 10 small ones in the 3-4 range.
Madagascar Ladies Coop - Most ammonites come from Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. Madagascar has all the problems that that the African continent has. This is where I get my ammonites. We will get to the'ladies coop' in a minute. With an average family size of 6.6.Enough for the basics, but not much else. Madagascar families have hard working people, they don't want a'hand out'. But folks, we can give them a'hand up'. The men go out and do the digging and rough surface mining.
Hot sweaty, back breaking work. The women at the'ladies co-op' work together as a team.
Splitting or cutting the ammonite down the middle with a diamond saw. Then polishing the inside to a high gloss and then polishing outside to show the shells' true variety. This usually takes over 6 hours per ammonite.
Today 90% of the animals on Madagascar are found no where else. Even in ancient times the ammonites of Madagascar's shallow sea were unique.
And no other local produces ammonites of such wide ranging colors. Of the affordable ammonites, Madagascar produces the best and most colorful. SMALL Flat Rate Box - Priority.
8-1/2" x 5" x 1.5 21cm x 12cm x 3.5cm (About the size of an old VHS/Betamax tape). 7" x 7" x 6 17cm x 17cm x 15cm Domestic & Intl. MEDIUM Flat Rate Box -Priority.
5" x 8" x 11 12cm x 20cm x 27cm (International 10#/4.5kg Limit) (About the size of a child's shoe box). LARGE Flat Rate Box - Priority. 5"x 12" x 12 13cm x 30cm x 30cm (International 20#/9kg limit) (About the size of 10 dinner plates stacked up) (50% Larger than a Medium). NEW POSTAL RATES AS OF 04-01-2018 These are guidelines.First class (not a true or good name) takes 60 to 90 DAYS to get to you, MINIMUM. Yes it takes 60 - 90 days!!! No there is nothing I can do to speed that up.
However if you insist on the lowest price, we reluctantly offer it. IF YOU chose this First Class service, I do not want any emails asking, where is my package. Sorry to sound like a grump, but you need the truth to make an informed decision. 1 to 7 ounces 28 to 199 grams. 8 ounces to 2 pounds 200 to 1000grams.2 pounds to 3 pounds 1000 to 1360grams. 3 pounds to 4 pounds 1361 to 1800grams. Box and packing add at least 50% to item weight.
There are over 200 countries in the world. Sizes and prices are in the chart above. Yes I know that it may seem high sometimes, however we have to assume that it goes to the most expensive country.
And more importantly in the Flat Rate Box. That is what they charge.... Remember to include the 4 or 6 digit item number in the title. "And the country you live in". We don't want you to pay anymore than you have to....
It is usually cheaper in the Flat Rate Box, but not always. New First Class International takes 60 - 90 days. We CANNOT do anything about that.
On two other occasions they have sent back packages, because the address was street instead of drive (the customer inputs the address, not us). For some reason the US postal service does not do all this. So send us a list. However we can start you a flat rate box, as long as you don't pay. So what we do is send you a'special invoice' with your first item.I know you will not be crossing the ocean to pick it up. This will show you every stop your box makes. Some English speaking countries continue the tracking in your country, some do not. However many countries, do not offer this service. They are two separate companies now. We have no idea of where you live. He should know what country he lives in. , 2 for Spain, Italy, UK, another France, Singapore and Dubai. Some come back in 45 days. One took 2 years, not kidding.
So PLEASE make sure your address is Correct. For simplicity sake we have gone to 4 box sizes.
You need to add a minimum 1 (2.5cm) to EACH side of ALL minerals for bubblewrap. 1"inch bubblewrap top, 1" bubblewrap bottom, and 1 on each side. So a 2"x2"x2" mineral becomes 4"x4"x4" with bubblewrap.
And we will send you a combined invoice, the next day to pay. In an effort to have more accurate photos, we started photographing in a indoor "photo studio cube" with a white background, as of June.
Advantages - -Better detail of crystals. Weather - It is sometimes 5 degrees (-17 Celsius) in Texas. Sometimes 110 degree (43 Celsius). Both make it unpleasant to photograph outside under natural daylight. No clouds distorting picture color..Hard to photograph in the rain too. Disadvantages - -Never wear a pink shirt. My daughter found out the hard way, camera picks up the reflection of your clothing, sometimes on one half of the ammonite. Tends to show translucence more than the actual ammonite.
You can back light it if you like the effect. This occurs on thin yellow areas sometimes. Browns look a little more red. Depending on how we edit. We do try to catch this and fix the color properly.
We are working on this, and it is a work in progress. Keep in mind different monitors display colors differently. We edit with item "in our hand", so we can get as close to the correct color as possible.
However when we move the very same laptop from living room to office, sometimes the colors look slightly different, even on the same computer. Your color monitor WILL VARY.IF you don't like the item just send it back. We have three computers and the colors on all three look a little different. We shot for the middle ground. If you don't believe me, go take a look at a color television display, have you seen the variation in color in the store..... Totally different color in the store.
We try to be fair. Case in point - One return -was because it did not match her drapes - not kidding. We don't guarantee to match drapes.
Keep in mind sale prices and fossils are already low margin items. When they are on sale there is nut much margin left. As we say in Texas, there is not much meat left on the bone. I will look at all reasonable offers. Repairs - All fossils have some repairs.Being buried under tons of rubble tends to be rough. None comes out of the ground perfect and whole.
Almost all fossils have repairs. One of the reasons I photograph the back is so that you can see the repair work that has been done.Generally you can not tell from the front that an ammonite/fossil has been repaired. Almost all of the fossils you see in a musuem have had some type of repair work done.
Only tiny fossils have minimal repair work on them. The folks in Madagascar do a very professional job, however occasionally natural cracks are visible on the surface. This is part of the natural beauty of the fossil and not considered a defect. Simply hit'supersize' on the picture to get a bigger view. Photography - Ammonites, especially the opalized ones are not easy to photograph.
I photograph outside in full sun for true color rendition. Occasionally clouds come over that make the color less than it really is. On rare occasions I supplement with a flash to highlight details. Lighting ammonites correctly will bring out their best color. The hand or finger in the photo is to give you a comparision of size.We realize it is hard to tell the size of an ammonite by the picture alone. We edit with ammonite next to us, so we can get as close to the correct color as possible. However when we move the very same laptop from living room to office sometimes the colors look slightly different even on the same computer. The dime is for comparision. 70 or 7/10 of an inch or 18mm.
Measurements - All ammonites are measured from the tip to across. This is the industry standard. Federation and former Soviet Union states - Unfortunately the US Post office now makes us take all packages to former USSR TO the post office. How they can see thru the box to see if it is dangerous I don't know?We just don't have the time. However WE DO NOT see the notes!!! Please do not use them. So that is why sellers do not respond to notes left there. We never even know you sent a note. Fossils, and ammonites in particular, at one time were only found in museums. And cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. Today YOU can own a piece of the fossil record.
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