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bijoux-et-mineraux:

Rhodochrosite - Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

bijoux-et-mineraux:

Rhodochrosite - Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Some polished labradorite var. spectrolite from Tulear Province, Madagascar. I always thought labradorite was like seeing the Northern Lights in a stone, and this one’s no exception.

Some polished labradorite var. spectrolite from Tulear Province, Madagascar. I always thought labradorite was like seeing the Northern Lights in a stone, and this one’s no exception.

oecologia:

Colors of the Atacama Desert (Salta, Argentina) by Stéphane San Quirce.

Well, I’m glad that the weather waited until after the vacation to start getting dreary (70F in Georgia in the middle of summer. What.), but it does make it kind of difficult to photograph any new specimens. Once the weather clears and I can get some nice natural light without the risk of getting rained on, there’ll be plenty to look forward to. 

I never thought I’d be happy to have my planned vacation pretty much ruined, but it did lead to me being able to go on a tour to a subterranean waterfall and then visit the aquarium. Super happy about how this week played out.

Vivianite from Muzo, Colombia. Sorry for the crap quality of photos. I’m terrified of exposing it to the light at all. I currently have it shoved in a cabinet drawer until I can figure out what to do with it.

Yowah opal! This one’s flash is a little more rolling than the last one. It doesn’t show as well in the pictures, but the colours range from a granny smith green to a deep, sparkling purple. This one’s going to have the honour of being set into a piece of jewelry.

Corundum var. ruby from Winza, Tanzania. We’re adding more splashes of red and pink to the collection, so this one fits in perfectly.

Finally got my little topaz thumbs some little acrylic stands. Lookin’ snazzy, little guys!

Finally got my little topaz thumbs some little acrylic stands. Lookin’ snazzy, little guys!