Truly unique & truly Canadian.
Originating 71 Million years ago. The result of tectonic pressure and mineralization formed the colourful gemstone that is almost exclusively mined by Korite. Discovered in 1906 by the Geological Survey of Canada, Korite’s founder 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”, “Spirit Stone” or “7 Colour Prosperity Stone”.
Korite discovers and hand cuts the Ammolite gem to maximize the bright colours that are unique to each gem. Multiple layers of the natural gemstone material create a beautiful array of colour. This rare, natural expression of the spectacular gem is believed to awaken positive energy with its joyful beauty and ancient heritage. Read more about Ammolite’s significance in Feng Shui.
KORITE is the leader in the ammolite industry, setting gemstone grading standards since 1979.
Ammolite comes in four grades: AAA, AA, A and standard. The grades are based on the gem’s brilliance and variety of colour and clarity. AAA and AA account for only 3-12% of Korite’s annual production.
If you’d like to read more about Ammolite from the Gemological Institute of America, click here. 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 colour (i.e., iridescence caused by an interference phenomenon) and; presents production data and gemological properties.