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English major, artist, professional puppeteer, musical comedian- jeweler Sallyjane has made the round looking for an art medium to call home. It wasn’t until she started going to gem shows and got a piece of rutilated quartz wrapped when inspiration struck. Sallyjane started experimenting with wire-wrapped jewelry, and three years later went fulltime with the craft. For over 25 years, Sallyjane has been making wire wrapped jewelry with the crystals, fossils, meteorites, and gemstones from around the world with her husband, Steve. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, they travel across the US to showcase Sallyjane’s jewelry at gem and craft shows.
Ammolite is an opalescent material that forms on some ammonite fossils from Alberta, Canada. The material is over 73 million years old. Both a fossil and a gemstone, Ammolite resembles a natural form of stained glass. A fossil and a gemstone, wrapped up in one beautiful specimen. Ammolite is an opalescent material that forms on some ammonite fossils in southern Alberta, Canada. Only about 5% of these ammonites found have suitable Ammolite material on it, and of these specimens, gem cutters can only use about 20% of the shell. All Ammolite comes from this small percentage of usable, gem-quality material, making the material extremely rare. The iridescence of Ammolite occurs when the fossilized ammonite shell becomes mineralized- layers of thin platelets of the shell trap and reflect light, creating an array of colors to the viewer’s eyes that rivals the black opal of Australia. The layer of Ammolite on shells are typically thin and fragile, leading most Ammolite to be covered by a durable material to protect the material and maximize its presentation
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