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Macedonia Ruby

gorgeous pinky red unique colour ruby from this locality

Ok rubies are red, but this ruby from Macedonia has a gorgeous pink tone to it, very special!

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Which Blue is Lapis Blue

Say lapis lazuli and you wouldn’t be alone thinking of a royal blue colour perhaps with golden flecks, you don’t really recall the patches of white calcite but they’re there, most prized are the uniform rich blue colours with minimal calcite and pyrite.

Most of the Lazpis Lazuli available today is from Afghanistan, there’s a series of mines, mostly known by number ie. mine 1, mine 2, mine3

This lighter blue is known as ‘madina lapis’ lapis palmstones

Although fairly rare you do find lapis lazuli crystals

lapis lazuli crystal on calcite
nice grade natural lapis lazuli

However the range of colours from these mines can vary, (along with the price).

Often you see rough stone for sale that’s wet to give an indication of how the colour will appear with a polish, however if you’re choosing lapis the local miners blow on the stone to see how the moisture in their breath appears on the stone(inside tip!)

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Lovely Purple Colour but not what you think!

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.

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Latest Tourmalines

Tourmaline is pretty amazing, all colours of the rainbow, many names, a common triangular like formation, but say ‘tourmaline’ and most think of black sticks!

A lot of tourmaline has hidden colours, zoning and and bi colour areas, previously we showed a few from Staknala but these Himalayan crystals have some hidden blue green zoned colours.

can you see the colour change from black to green to blue
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Smokey Quartz Phantom Point with Hematite Inclusions

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!

smokey phantom included quartz point.
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CLEAR QUARTZ CARVED DODECAHEDRON

Did you see this stunning geometric dodecahedron carved from clear quartz, on closer examination it has a rainbow inclusion in the shape of a triangle, so potential an imprint of part of a crystal point.

other crystal and mineral shapes available here

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Mineral Picture Taking

Good picture taking is essential, however they need to be realistic, you don’t want to receive a mineral for it not to look like the image we show. We don’t have a professional photographer or even an amateur one, but we’ve tried to learn techniques that work. Ok so we did buy a big camera lots of lights and a light tent, not sure where they are now!

However we did go back to basics and use a ‘small’ camera that had a custom white balance, white and black backgrounds, painted white wall for larger items and some daylight bulbs. We do experiment, using clear perspex or glass to remove a base etc.

Labradorite has beautiful colours and patterns however the colours only show with light reflecting at certain angles, sometimes different colours with different light angles. So lots of twisting turning and head scratching can be involved, however these papillion certainly don’t disappoint but frustrate a little!

papillion labradorite with polished surface
papillion labradorite polished face
papillion labradorite with an unpolished surface
unpolished rear of the same labradorite
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Camera Captures More Than A Picture

Sometimes the camera captures more than a picture of a stone, look at this wonderful herkimer diamond from the USA.

 

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What you can find in quartz

It’s always a wonder what you can find in quartz, just this week we have a beautiful rainbow inclusion within this quartz crystal ball.

 

 

 

 

    Hematite with quartz producing a vivid red orange colour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actinolite within this quartz pebble from Madagascar

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Couple of surprises

After the initial dread of a tidy up its always nice to uncover a few forgotten crystals, like this tourmaline from staknala, unique crystal with colour zoning and smaller zoned crystal on the top….currently listed on earthly gems hereSave

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