Ammonites are fossilized Ammonoids, which are an extinct group of marine mollusc animals in the subclass Ammonoidea. Ammonites make excellent index fossils to pinpoint exact geological time periods. The ammonoid cephalopods became extinct along with the dinosaurs at the close of the Cretaceous era.
The mineral Pyrite is an iron sulfide, and is considered to be the most common of the sulfide minerals. Typically Pyrite is a pale brass-yellow with a metallic lustre, and this combination has lead to many cases of people mistaking it for gold, hence the nickname "Fool's Gold". Pyrite is lighter, but much harder, than gold.
Under unique conditions, Pyrite covers or replaces organic matter of certain plants or creatures. It is suggested that the prehistoric critters resided in waster with low oxygen levels, where a large number of sulphate reducing bacteria would have changed the sulphates to sulphides to form with Iron. Being rapidly buried under sediment with low organic matter, would also inhibit the decaying process.
Ammonite is a fascinating fossil to study, and it is believed to carry metaphysical benefits. The spiral shaping is thought to symbolize continual change, and it is believed that because of their great age they have absorbed energy throughout the eons and can be used to stimulate Chi (life-force).
Iron Pyrite is considered to be a very positive stone, and an excellent energy shield blocking out negative energy. Also thought to be powerful in facilitating new ideas and creative concepts. Iron Pyrite is also believed to be a stone for relieving deep despair and instilling self-worth. When placed on an area like a desk, it is thought to energize the area around it.
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