About Korite | Leader in Superior Ammolite | Calgary, Alberta


The Leader in Superior Ammolite

KORITE Ammolite is carefully designed in our Calgary, Alberta studio for local and international sales by authorized designers and retail partners. KORITE jewellery and decor treasures are available in more than 28 countries around the world.

Korite Ammolite

As unique as you are.

Since 1979, Korite has been the home of superior Ammolite, inspiring the world with the rarity and beauty and Canada’s gemstone. Korite Ammolite is as unique as you are – brilliant and colourful. For your home, for sharing with others or just for yourself. 

Superior Colour. Radiant Energy. Heirloom Quality.

The Story

KORITE is the largest, most trusted source for the world’s finest Ammolite.

Founded from a passion for paleontology and an entrepreneurial spirit – in 1979 Rene Vandervelde purchased a young business from the Kormos family and named it Korite. Rene’s vision was to introduce the world to the beautiful and captivating Ammolite. Discovered in 1906 by the Geological Survey of Canada, Rene had heard of Ammolite and was fascinated by its history, rarity and cultural significance. Indigenous Canadians refer to Ammolite as the “Buffalo Stone”, others refer to Ammolite as the “Energy Stone” or “Spirit Stone”. Ammolite comes from the fossilization of Ammonite Cephalopods, which are found around the world yet, only in the Bearpaw Formation of Southern Alberta did they mineralize and become the rare and colourful gemstone.

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From its beginnings in 1979, Korite has grown in operations, exposure and appeal. In 1981, Ammolite was officially designated a precious gemstone by CIBJO (World governing body for precious stone categorization). Korite Ammolite is the last of the gemstones accepted in the past 300 years and amongst the rarest, placing it alongside its peers Opal, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.

The Energy Stone

Ammolite & Feng Shui

The story of the energy stone or spirit stone continues when world-renowned Feng Shui Master Edward Li Kui Ming, visited the KORITE mine. While there, Mr. Li, directed the mining operations to a specific spot where he felt a strong energy force. This area became the highest discovery in the mine and was named the Edward Li Zone. Since this time Mr. Li and Mr. Wilson Yip, one of the owners of KORITE, started a friendship and relationship that has lasted for decades. Mr. Li continues to use KORITE Ammolite gemstone in helping add energy and luck to those that follow his teachings promoting his ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui.

“Korite Ammolite is the Feng Shui stone of the Millennium, and anyone that possesses Ammolite is entitled to wondrous prosperity and good fortune.”

– Feng Shui Master Edward Li Kui Ming –

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From the Gemological Institute of America

This article describes the history of Ammolite as a gem material and the geologic setting of the main producing mines; offers an explanation for the formation of Ammolite and the origin of its color (i.e., iridescence caused by an interference phenomenon); presents production data, gemological properties, and a grading classification; and describes the manufacturing process.

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KORITE Ammolite is the last of the gemstones accepted in the past 300 years and certainly amongst the rarest of its peers, Ruby, Opal, Sapphire, and Emeralds.

Having achieved his goal, Rene and his management team, embarked on a journey to bring the Ammolite gemstone to the world. His first steps were to secure all the world supply and acquired 90% of all raw supply. He moved KORITE operations to Calgary and set up manufacturing and a head office there, as well as three other international factories, to service their quickly growing market. Currently, the production of KORITE Ammolite creates employment of over 100 people worldwide.

Our Passion

Since Rene Vandevelde passed on, diligent management and new ownership has adhered to his vision and have passionately carried on that with great success. Rene had a great passion as an outdoorsman, which led the company to be very environmentally conscious in all they do.

KORITE continues this important company philosophy and tradition and is now formally recognized for their environmental stewardship and social responsibility, giving back in many other ways.

KORITE’S leadership in the environmental protection of the world’s only year-round active Ammolite mine is reflected in its quality, craftsmanship and design, and is now sold in over 25 countries around the world.

Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee

Unrivalled, KORITE’S products are backed by their industry leading, unconditional lifetime warranty and product registration.

Ethical Mining

Korite exceeds environmental standards

Rough Mined Ammolite

KORITE works closely with provincial environmental officials to ensure that the land is restored to its natural state and is improved during the reclamation process. KORITE will continue to set the Ammolite Industry standard in environmental mining practices. Authentic KORITE ammolite is ethically mined and certified by the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage.

KORITE is established as a preferred trading partner by retailers worldwide, which combined; deliver an estimated one billion dollars in sales. Ongoing partnerships and business development opportunities with KORITE Ammolite are due in no small part to its ethical mining practices, trust, transparency, teamwork, and diversity. These principles, along with our passionate employees who deliver world-class craftsmanship every day to make a better product, is what makes KORITE Ammolite more than a precious gemstone.

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KORITE Ammolite continues the tradition of new product direction and inspired designs with its hallmark trade statement, “Rare Precious and Exotic”, which follows in the footsteps of its founders’ vision and has made KORITE the world leader in Ammonite.

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