About our Dinosaur Bone Ring Inlays
Dinosaur Bone has been in the works for us for quite some time. It is a real conversation starter and something unique that you can show off for many years to come.
We use agatized dinosaur bone fossils for our dinosaur bone inlays. This type of fossil is a rare form of fossilized bone where the original dinosaur bone has been entirely 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 about 150 million years ago.
The formation of these new Agatized fossils requires a certain type of environment to replace the calcite in the original fossils with silicates. For this to happen, strata layers must be uplifted during tertiary intrusions so that silica-rich, superheated groundwater can flood the 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 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. In the United States, fossils are legal to own and distribute. A strict policy of ethics is followed to source the dinosaur bone. No fossil is collected from state or federal lands and no specimens are damaged in order to extract the fossil inside.
While we use fossils that are too small or broken to be used in museums as showpieces, dinosaur bone looks like a typical stone, coming in a variety of sizes, until it is cut and polished. The unique 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 a groove in the band and sealed with a special resin layer. Lastly, the ring is sanded smooth and polished, giving it a final nice 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.