Extremely RARE: Crystallized Pyrite Ball on Belemnite fossil; Dzheganas River, North Caucasus Region, Russia
*This specimen *may have* been repaired. I purchased this rare beauty at the Tucson Gem Show, from a sweet elderly Russian man with one hand missing, who didn’t speak any English. I tried to ask him questions, as he had many special pieces, like this one, but he couldn’t understand me and vice versa. I walked away from his booth with my heart aching, feeling so bad for him, as no one was purchasing from him since they couldn’t communicate with him. I called my fiance balling, explaining how I felt so bad for him to travel all the way from Russia, and no one was buying from him. Thankfully my fiance had the idea to use a communication app, so I went back and we were able to “talk” a little bit using the app, and photos. I purchased this specimen from him based on photo descriptions he pulled up on google. This specimen looks to have a crack at the base of the fossil one on side, but not on the other. So I think it possibly has been repaired, but I am not positive.
Belemnite is the common name applied to an extinct order (Belemnoida) of mollusks belonging to the cephalopod class. Modern cephalopods include the squid, octopus, and pearly Nautilus. The belemnoid animal was most closely related to the squid as it had an internal shell covered by a leathery skin, tentacles that pointed forward, and a siphon that expelled water forward thus moving the animal backward by jet propulsion. The internal shell of the belemnoid was cone-shaped and divided into chambers that were gas-filled for maintaining buoyancy in the sea. The chambered shell had a blade-like forward extension that is seldom preserved as a fossil. The most common fossilized part of the internal shell is called the “guard” or “cigar” consisting of a massive, generally brown-colored, subcylindrical structure called the rostrum that encloses the chambered shell and extends to the rear where it tapers to a conical apex. The rostrum served as a counter-weight to the buoyancy provided by the chambered shell and also for protection of that delicate shell. Belemnoids reached their greatest abundance and diversity during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
To have the fossil completely enclosed in a crystallized Pyrite “ball” is a natural phenomenon-I am so grateful to happen upon this unique and rare specimen, and the sweet gentleman who brought it all the way from Russia. An experience I will never forget <3
Price *includes* Shipping with insurance within the USA. Combined orders will receive a small credit for shipping <3 Morning Ritual Crystals come energetically cleansed prior to being sent home.
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