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All About Tanzurine

Posted by Colette Weeks on

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Jonathan Bartky of Ariel Treasures LLC. He launched a new warehouse in New Jersey and was in Boston so decided to visit my new shop!  He brought with him some really gorgeous pieces from his last trip to East Africa and of course, Tanzurine. What is Tanzurine? Tanzurine is a recently discovered stone consisting of one of the purest Quartz and either Lepidolite (cherry) or Fuchsite (emerald). Because of the purity of the Quartz, the included minerals are able to fill these stones with vibrant color as if it were water. The deep...

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Are Chrysanthemum Stones Real Crystals?

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Chrysanthemum stones might look painted or like fossils but they are actually natural crystals that formed during the Permian age, or 248 to 290 million years ago. Chrysanthemum stones formed at the bottom of ancient oceans, where the pressure is immense. This caused the Celestite crystals to grow outward, pressed within the carbon-rich seabed. What is a Chrysanthemum stone? Chrysanthemum stones are black stones with what appears to be a white flower blooming on its surface. These wonders occur naturally thanks to Celestite crystals. Celestite forms crystals in a star-like pattern.  "The white pattern on the rock is formed of...

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What is Larvikite?

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Larvikite may flash like Labradorite, but it's actually a unique type of Monzonite that comes primarily from Larvik, Norway. It is distinguished by its inclusions of plagioclase and alkali feldspar which create its characteristic blue and silver flash. Larvikite is usually rich in titanium and can also contain Olivine and Apatite. While Larvikite is relatively new to the general public, Larvikite has a long history and has been mined from the same location in Norway since 1884 and has historically been used for detail work in architecture. Larvikite has been recognized and designated by the International Union of Geological Sciences...

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What is Rose Amethyst?

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What is Rose Amethyst? Rose Amethyst is a specific variety of Amethyst displaying a gradient of pink and lilac colors. They form in flower-like bunched of prismatic crystals. They are round in cracks in basalt, and ‘plucked’, usually leaving a green chloride contact point on the bottom. The violet or blue hues found in the center are actually Chalcedony. There is a slight distortion to the trigonal crystal habit of this Amethyst, creating stepped patterns on the faces. Pink Amethyst also shares this unusual crystal habit. Rose Amethyst crystals are unique to the Rio Grande do Sul area of Brazil...

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How Amethyst Became The Stone That 'Prevents Drunkenness'

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Of the many properties of Amethyst, a unique one you'll see often is that is 'prevents drunkenness' or keeps you from becoming intoxicated. This unusual property is often associated with a myth involving Bacchus, the Roman God of the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine. However, there is an earlier association between Amethyst and Wine - and goats. This story starts with the Ancient Egyptians who were trying to plant some grapes to make wine. Apparently, goats have always been notorious for running amok in Vineyards and the Egyptians often had their vineyards picked clean by hungry goats. The Egyptians, Goats, Wine...

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