Dinosaur Bone Rings
Dinosaur Bone has been something that we have been working on with our shop for quite some time and we are very proud to have brought a unique and long-lasting product to market.
We use agatized dinosaur fossils for our dinosaur bone inlay rings. This type of fossil is a rare form of fossilized dinosaur bone where the original bone has been naturally replaced with silica-based compounds, such as agate, jasper, chalcedony, or opal. It can be traced back to dinosaurs that roamed the earth during the late Jurassic Age around 150 million years ago.
The formation of these Agatized fossils requires a particular type of environment to replace the calcite in the original fossils with silicates. For this to occur, local strata layers must be uplifted during tertiary intrusions so that silica-rich, superheated groundwater can flood these layers and force water and aqueous solutions into the microporous fossilized bone. It is this rare process that transpired on the Colorado Plateau 35 million years ago that created the beautifully patterned agatized dinosaur bone now used in our rings.
The highly agatized, uniquely patterned dinosaur bone used in our rings is found in the Four Corners region in the United States where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet. The bulk of the dinosaur bone used in our rings were found in this area. In the United States, fossils are legal to own and distribute. A strict policy of ethics is followed to source the dinosaur bone. No material is collected from state or federal lands and no specimens are damaged in order to extract the gemstone inside.
While we use fossils that are too small or broken to be used in museums as showpieces, dinosaur bone looks like a typical rock, coming in a variety of sizes, until it is cut and polished. The different colors and patterns in agatized dinosaur bone are caused by minerals such as chlorite, chromium, iron-oxide and manganese that enter the cells during fossil formation making each piece truly one-of-a-kind.
Dinosaur bone is a fossil, fossil is a rock, and rock is brittle. This is why we inlay the dinosaur bone as a crushed inlay, rather than as an intact piece, ensuring a durable, wearable ring. The crushed pieces are inlaid into the groove of a band and sealed with a medical-grade resin. Lastly, the ring is sanded smooth and polished, giving it a final glossy appearance.
Dinosaur bone rings need no special care. These rings can be cleaned with regular jewelry cleaner.
Check out our wide range of Dinosaur Bone inlay rings today in our Dino Bone Collection.