Prehistory has come to many places a localised industry, the days of yesteryear, the lone collector chipping away patiently eking out single specimens has been overtaken with a new vigour for antiquity. In this early twenty-first century once again a resurgence equaling Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign and Howard Carter's Tutankhamun has struck a cord on the global market. In recent decades investments in natural history has evolved into big business. Record prices have been recorded at auction globally. Our company is no exception to setting trends and records, securing and offering many types of rare and beautiful fossil features.
THE FOSSIL STORE™ has been setting fine ammonites onto classically themed plinths and bases for nearly three decades. Our founder's roots growing in the art business world has enabled THE FOSSIL STORE™ to develop a range and style which has been widely adopted by many decorative disciplines. Around the globe our fossils feature grace interiors, that is something we are very proud of and take pride in developing products including natural sculptural elements. Browse through our pages and read our experiences, through our media, this tells a story of time and development, passion and belief. We hope you will find something intriguing and enlightening and beautiful to bring that feel good factor to your environment, that which our company thrives upon.
Fossil Ammonites in LUXE spaces
We welcome you to our space, where you will find the most extraordinary selections of bespoke high-quality ammonite fossils of superior quality. From the simplest of small unique ammonites to spectacularly large individual specimens. Some we set onto bronze, others limestone or fossil marble bases or plinths. Many fossils in our Bronze mount range include insects, colourful minerals, fossil fish and so on.
We have perfected a style of mounting natural history art elements, with help of our long-term relationships with our artistic colleagues serving the museum mounting services for decades. We continually develop our range of mounted natural history. All are individual, each designed and custom fitted to each object.
This creates a personality for each individual fossil ammonite or fossil specimen. An art, for that, is what this process is, the art form of mounting is something that is a process and technical skill which is borne from an understanding of the flow of any one object, even stone has flow lines and energy which can be used to great benefit.
Each extinct animal fossil or mineral has a type of life energy, its own life of symmetry or even asymmetry, these symmetries need to be interpreted sympathetically, transformed into the accent or flow of the whole mount. This is an attitude and a feeling as much a technical skill.
Our work is an art form which requires an artist to create a beautiful and harmoniously successful sculptural mounting, the bronze, stone, marble or even steel mount becomes part of the exhibit and flow of the object, uplifting the fossil or mineral to a point of glorifying it. That is the objective of our interior Classic Range of bases, museum and exhibition standard mounts.
THE FOSSIL STORE™ Conservation
As far away as the Atlas mountains, the process begins for us, selecting the most precious ammonites to be eked out of the limestone fossil layers, these layers are beds of ammonites laid down millions of years ago in an ancient shallow and warm sea.
Now is our time to harvest the hidden gems within the fossiliferous layers. Through natural erosion, the fossils are discovered and we are allowed to reap the benefit of this natural serendipity.
The work begins on high ridges, in hanging valleys and mountains, sourcing and meticulously selecting each individual fossil. From here until the fossil ammonites final place among our collection, we nurture each special find. At first glance, the lifeless lumps of rock chip by chip become our familiar quarry, the ammonites become sculpturally alive.
Each takes on a refreshed identity, as our team have often found, referring to each with colloquial naming, soon they become part of our greater family. In the environment of the desert and of the high Atlas mountains fossils as with all else as the waning days light of those spaces declines give a dramatic edge to the work at hand and also to these huge ammonites.
This adds a dramatic and fitting perception, although our team is often weary after full days of activity, the discoveries we find literally shore up our weary bodies and lift our spirits on journeys homeward. In historic trucks weaving wildly downwards often in dim evening light, clutching ancient trophies, our team already planning for the next stage of our journey homeward.
Back in the United Kingdom, we consider once again each fossil ammonite. We review each ammonite and access each individual before finally deciding which base will be required. What material shall be best employed and what accent shall be created to ultimately exhibit the best of the extinct fossil ammonite shell.
Our team have different skill bases along this journey from excavation to presentation. In selecting which ammonites should receive a type of mount, this will enhance the fossils desirability and complement the preservation and skill of the preparatory work of each fossil.
The Origin Of The Ammonite
From the Cambrian period some five hundred and fifty million years ago the cephalopods appear in the fossil records, here the development of the Ammonites began among the Cephalopoda group. The ammonite group would develop so rapidly and diversely that ammonites soon became profuse in our oceans. A passage of text from the sixteenth century when early settlers first reached the shores of Newfoundland alights to how sailors viewed that the sea boiled with codfish and they felt it would be possible to walk out to sea on the backs of tumultuous shoals of large cod breaking the surface of the water. That image has stayed with the author and is one way to imagine the seas at the peak of the ammonites development. Could this have also been the scene in a crowded shallow sea filled with these whorled shells of the Ammonites.
The ammonite reign has been one of the most prolific journeys of our planet. Ammonites outnumbered all other types of animal for millions of years through their rise and to their ultimate extinction in the Mesozoic era. Read about these palaeontological theories and facts in our web pages. When the study of rocks first began in earnest in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was thought that fossil ammonites were profuse in the fossil record. Eventually it became widely accepted they had existed through many periods and survived mass extinctions to be a dominant life force, eventually, the ammonites would also become resigned to extinction in the late Cretaceous period, the last period of the Mesozoic era.
The Age Of The Mantelliceras Ammonite 125 [MILLION]
Mantilliceras and Cheloniceras ammonites are featured in our catalogue among other specimen ammonites. They are both upper Cretaceous ammonites. The Cheloniceras are types of Douvilleiceratidae a family of Cephalopod which science establishes swam the full extent of the earth's oceans during the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic eras.
The late Cretaceous period of the Ammonites became their final curtain call for the ammonite species, they died out leaving a huge gap for the Nautilus to eventually fill, which the nautilus which is also cephalopods do up to the present day.