Ammonites are the most ancient relatives of today’s cephalopods, for example squids and octopuses. Their soft body was enclosed into a spiral–shaped shell.
The first ammonites appeared on Earth 400 million years ago. They chose gorgeous ‘clothes’ for themselves and spent another three hundred million years showing off and trying to outdo each other by adding new decorations to their shells.
Ammonites ceased to exist about 65–70 million years ago and disappeared along with dinosaurs. The wind did not sweep away their story however, instead, every shell we pick up preserves their memory, taking us back to the past.
Nowadays these amazing shells are used as extraordinary and posh decorations. Munich-born designer Marcus Horner — whose works we represent — also exploits natural ammonites and inserts their parts into his bathroom items to generate fabulous chef-d’oeuvres.
As we have a soft spot in our hearts for ammonites, we have had no hesitation in making this the name of our company.
Lots of you may have heard about some ammonites that existed on our planet a million years ago. Since ancient times many people have believed in their magical powers, used them as family amulets and put them under their pillows as a remedy against insomnia.
Numerous myths and legends accompany and enhance the story of the mysterious ammonites. The shell is certainly associated with Amon, the Egyptian sun-god who dispelled darkness, as well as Aries due to the shape which resembles that of a ram’s horn. Ammonites containing a great deal of pyrite filling serve as charms for those born under Aries, whereas chambers filled with chalcedony and calcite symbolize the luck of Capricorn. At the beginning of the 20th century these archeological finds were purchased by pharmacies as miraculous snake stones to ward off disease.