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mineralists:

Backlit specimen of Almandine Garnets in Graphite. Very cool!

mineralists:

Backlit specimen of Almandine Garnets in Graphite. Very cool!

This one is super exciting. Despite its pretty average appearance, this is our very own little bit of putnisite! That’s right, the platypus of the mineral world. The very same mineral that was just recently discovered, is now gracing our cabinet. It’s a very, very small specimen that’s more of a scientific joy than an aesthetic one. I circled in the magnified shot just where you could see the little cluster of purple. The entire stone is gently dusted with the crystals, though you really only see it under magnification.

The wandering aqua from before. A very pretty specimen. In the smaller crystal, you can see a sort of ‘helix’ effect in the light. A beautiful, very clear piece; I’m sure the vendor will be happy to have it back.

The wandering aqua from before. A very pretty specimen. In the smaller crystal, you can see a sort of ‘helix’ effect in the light. A beautiful, very clear piece; I’m sure the vendor will be happy to have it back.

The Tale of the Lost Aqua

Oh my god. We were refunded on an aquamarine a while back (we used the money to buy this one) after we thought that it was a scam since it wasn’t coming (not to mention the tracking info not working and customs having no idea what was going on…). We just got the package, after two months and the aforementioned refund. I can’t even begin to imagine the seller’s face when he thought that it was lost in the mail and he’d have to eat the cost. Hopefully it brightens his day a little when he gets it back.

After the queue runs out today, posts may be few and far between for a little while. It’s not going to be a hiatus- I’ll still be active, able to answer questions, etc. Due to limited funds thanks to sudden repairs, an unexpected doctor’s visit, and a ridiculous plumbing bill, I won’t be able to expand my collection for a little while. In the same vein, I should probably chill out because our cabinet is running out of space really fast. 

In the meantime, you can ask me any sort of questions you want, and I’ll do my best to answer them (even the weird ones). Thanks for being patient.

Tourmaline var. Elbaite (Indicolite) that’s likely from Afghanistan or Pakistan, but there’s no exact location information on it. I love aquamarine for how it looks like looking up at the light while under the sea. I love indicolite because it’s like looking down into the depths.

Labradorite from Madagascar. One side has a beautiful, broad flash that looks like the Northern Lights. The other looks like a faraway galaxy. This one has taken a seat as my worry stone.

Aquamarine with mica (!!!) from Pakistan. Please excuse my while I geek out over my favourite mineral combination in the whole universe.

ggeology:

Blue and pink Sapphire

Reverse smoky amethyst scepter from Brandberg, Gobobosed, Namibia. It’s got a few tiny enhydros and plenty of etching. Lots of funky character.