Gorgeous and fairly rare a lovely blue amber sphere from the dominican republic, its called blue amber because it has a dark smokey look which under UV light gives a bluish tone. Uploaded today
A bargin for today, some lovely hand polished kunzite tumblestones only 1 bag here
Mostly we mention rutile as those silver or golden threads or hairs within quartz, sometimes the term is also used(perhaps mistakenly) when tourmaline or other minerals are present.
Anyway these are actual rutile crystals on their own.
we’ve a few machine we can cut and polish with but this combination unit needs a little attention, new belts, wheels & saw blade. Hopefully we can sell a few stones in order to pay for it!
To keep a certain ‘currently home schooled’ 8 year old occupied we’ve loaned him a tumble polisher, forgetting where he decided to ‘borrow’ the rough stone from. Heres some himalayan fluorite getting ready!
First discovered in 2004 these rare garnets are andradite garnet with an visual look thats pretty rare amongst the garnet family of minerals.
From near Osaka in Japan, although others have been found from Mexico although they appear slightly different coloured more base colour green than brown.
The lightly polished faces have an iridescent colour that can change when rotated, stunning.
I’m sure Im not alone with the urge to do a little prospecting now and then, I was lucky enough to have a go recently in Scotland, put to shame by my 7 yr old son who battled the wind, rain and water better than I did, unfortunately we didn’t find anything like this lovely gold nugget on quartz from South Africa, but perhaps next time…
If you’ve never seen the high grade gem sugilite, here’s your chance. I did a quick search to look for more examples but struggled to find kmany, what I did find was worrying – a lot of fake sugilite, both in polished and rough form, so beware when purchasing. Here’s our lovely piece.
Ok rubies are red, but this ruby from Macedonia has a gorgeous pink tone to it, very special!
This is a rarer form of axinite which is rich in manganese from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania. The nearby location of the more infamous trademark named mostly treated stone. This axinite has been nicknamed by the industry as ‘tinzanite’
We’ve only one piece but thought it was worth showing you this interesting variety.
Loving this smokey quartz polish point, not only is it great quality crystal it also has phantom and various other inclusions as well as some hematite, the more you study it the more you see and feel. The rough smokey quartz gets hand selected from Madagascar then cut and hand polished by skilled craftsmen.
Have put it away in stock so I don’t get too tempted!