A stunning example of an iridescent ammonite fossil of the species Caloceras johnstoni from North Somerset, UK.
The matrix measures 145 mm (5.7 inches) across and the ammonite measures 53 mm (2.15 inches) across. The shell sits in the original limestone matrix in which it was found that has been aesthetically shaped and has a cut-flat base and rock-coloured plaster wedge on the back to allow it to stand freely by itself for display. The ammonite is very well preserved and has been prepared out of the rock to reveal the shell. The shell displays some beautiful multi-coloured iridescence with different colours that appear as the viewing angle changes, with bright green, red, and copper tones dominating. The colours are especially vivid on this one. There is also a smaller colourful ammonite of the same species on the back of the piece.
These fossils are highly sought after and very hard to find, especially complete like this. They are preserved in the same way as the famous Canadian "Ammolite" ammonites that are turned into valuable gemstones. The fossil weighs 225 grams.
Around 200 million years old (Hettangian, Early Jurassic), this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.