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Wonder in Stone

Wonder in Stone - Jasper

Posted by Steven and Kerly Barben on

                                                                                                                                                       JASPERHARDNESS: 7 DENSITY: 2.65 FORMULA: SiO2 - COMPOSITION: Silicon dioxide with other mineral impurities, usually iron and manganese.- COLOR/DESCRIPTION: Very broad range of colors, almost any color or combination of colors possible. The most common colors are red, yellow, green, black, brown, caramel and white. Jasper is the name given to the group of the opaque varieties of chalcedony. It takes a high glossy polish and is most valued for its earth tone colors and scenic patterns.- LOCATION/ORIGIN: Many locations; formed in sedimentary and igneous (volcanic) environments as microcrystalline precipitates from aqueous solutions, dehydration of opal or low-temperature...

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Wonder in Stone - Chalcedony

Posted by Steven and Kerly Barben on

  A CHALCEDONY TALE       Today has not been one of your favorite days. Activities have been canceled; projects have failed; and friends have not been particularly kind. You feel dark and murky inside, like the whole world is a black hole. You wish you could somehow escape the entire universe.       You're sitting at the edge of stream listening to the splashing water and watching bubbles float around until they disappear. You toss a stick upstream and follow it past you and far away downstream. You throw a rock and see its splash and ripples disintegrate into the rushing...

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Wonder in Stone - Agate

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                                             AN AGATE TALE          You and a few friends have decided to take a long exploration trip through the desert. Your long walk begins under the hot rays of the sun across dunes and plateaus of ruddy red sand and sandstone.          You discover a thin dry stream bed and follow it. It cuts into the ground and takes you deep into a narrow gulch of twisted swirling sand stone walls. The air is cool and damp. Shadowy darkness surrounds you. A trickling stream of water has entered in from somewhere. You contort your body around multiple...

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Wonder in Stone - Citrine

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A CITRINE TALE   You have spent the night in the woods with some friends.  You have just awakened from a not so good night’s sleep.  It is still dark.  It was decided that you were all going to rise early to see the sunrise.  You don't feel like rising.  Whose bright idea was this?  You wonder.  You try to remember.  It was yours.  There's still another question.  Why does Luke have to be so punctual?  He's walking about camp gathering sticks for a fire.  He's made excuses impossible for you.        You pull yourself a few inches out of...

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Stone Truth - Real Stone Jewelry, Don't forget the Details

Posted by Steven Barben on

          A little more about familiarizing yourself with real and natural vs. imitation stones, from the last blog (Stone Truth - Real Stone Jewelry, Where to Find and How to Know), This probably relates more to brick and mortar stores than online stores because one advantage of shopping online is that sellers are usually honest and direct in their descriptions (reasons were given in the last blog), this is not always, or even often the case in street shops and department stores. This is not because such location stores are intentionally dishonest or misleading, they want their customers...

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