Turritella Agate Cabochon with dramatic markings

Turritella Agate Cabochon with dramatic markings

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Turritella Fossil is also called Turritella Agate and Elimia Agate.  This Turritella Fossil cabochon in a pear shape measures 19.3mm wide by 33.1mm long.  There is a druzy hole lined with some glittery druzy just above the lower arc line.

Turritella Agate meaning:

Despite its name, Turritella agate is not made of fossil snails of the genus Turritella. This has been realized by professionals and many amateurs for a long time, but the name (and the confusion it promotes) have persisted. The snails are actually properly referred to as Elimia tenera, in the family Pleuroceridae.  The rock in which they are so abundant varies from a soft sandstone to a dense chalcedony.  

Turritella Agate is also called Turritella Stone

Elimia agate comes from the Green River Formation in southwestern Wyoming, northeastern Utah, and northwestern Colorado, from layers deposited in an series of ancient lakes that geologists call Lake Gosiute and Lake Uinta, in the early and middle parts of the Eocene Epoch, between around 53 and 42 million years ago.  These rocks formed in fresh water.  The real Turritella is a group of snails that live only in the ocean.  The shells of Elimia are distinguishable from real Turritella by being generally shorter and wider, but especially in having axial as well as spiral sculpture on the shell.

The name turritella is rooted in the Latin word turritus, which means turrets or towers.  Makes sense as the sea snail shells are coiled.  

Turritella Fossil metaphysical properties:

Turritella Fossil bestows confidence and honor.  It helps the wearer to trust themselves with money and to know how to invest wisely.  Great for loving, quiet, receptive souls who need energetic insulation to avoid being manipulated by the emotions of others.

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