I chose the photograph for our Ammolite wooden jigsaw puzzle because it is a particularly beautiful photograph I felt would make a wonderful puzzle. Ammolite is made of fossilized Ammonite shells, and the Nautilus and the Ammonite are both cephalopods–they are siblings with minor differences you may be interested in knowing more about. I am personally most intrigued by the Ammonite and the Nautilus because of their widespread symbolism for life, new beginnings, spiritual growth, perfection, and beauty in various cultures. Additionally, I am fascinated by their correspondence to the Fibonacci number series, which is found abundantly in nature and also applied in modern day mathematics, economics, population dynamics, and more.
The 19th Century American poet and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote a well-known poem, The Chambered Nautilus, praising the Nautilus as a metaphor for the spiritual evolution of the soul:
The Chambered Nautilus
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul….
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!
Zen Puzzles are hand designed, heirloom quality, wooden jigsaw puzzles crafted with beautiful images, elegant designs, and wonderful, whimsical, figural pieces. We create giclées of our images using state-of-the-art, wide-format printers. We mount them to FSC certified Birch wood sourced in America, and design and cut each unique wooden jigsaw puzzle with extraordinarily high quality standards. We are proud to make our eco-friendly Zen Puzzles right here in America. The number of pieces in our puzzles varies slightly because we hand-design our puzzles with unique cuts and figural pieces. We also make a children’s Peapod Puzzle, Happy Nautilus World, with a Nautilus image that may interest you. Product information for our Ammolite wooden jigsaw puzzle is listed above when a size is selected.