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Hubei: Beautiful Chinese Turquoise

7 months ago 1181 Views

Welcome, Turquoise Hounds! We want to introduce a fabulous webby and colorful Chinese turquoise: Hubei.

The northwestern portion of Hubei Province in China provides a variety of green and blue turquoise. The deposits were discovered while looking for iron ore. This region yields the richest iron deposits, providing the green turquoise with its color. Blue turquoise is found within the same region, and in appearance it is often compared to turquoise from the renowned Nevada mines. Some of it is on par with the coveted robin’s egg blue Persian turquoise.

Rhodochrosite

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The name rhodochrosite originates from the Greek language meaning “rose-colored.” You can easily recognize it by its white agate-like banding known as the bacon strip affect. This banding is how you can differentiate it from rhodonite, which contains black inclusions. Because these two minerals sound similar, they’re easily confused.

Meditation Stones

7 months ago 648 Views

We’ve decided to offer something a little different from our typical Mine Finds: meditation stones. From time to time, Jay comes across unique items in his travels and likes to share them with you, our customers.

There are 3 stones to choose from and each one is identified with a sterling silver tag engraved with the attribute and name of the stone. For an extra touch, we’ve attached a soft silk tassel.

Green Opal—Rejuvenating

Kabamba Jasper—Tranquility

Labradorite—Transforming

Peach Stone—Intuitive

Petrified Wood—Grounding

Polychrome Jasper—Centering

We like to keep our meditation stones handy for those frenzied times when we can benefit from their soothing affects, especially when we want to quiet our minds and direct our focus. We like to keep them close by when we’re feeling anxious because just being able to gently rub them eases our nervous energy. It’s nice to make a daily habit of sitting in a quiet room with our eyes closed, stone in hand and just focus on our breathing.

These special stones are cut, shaped and polished so they feel good in the palm of your hand—instant gratification and cool to the touch.

Our chaotic lives cause us so much stress, and our meditation stones help to dispel the nervous energy and anxiety caused by it. Quiet reflection and moments of peace are gifts we can give ourselves to ensure our sense of well-being.

Our meditation stones are thoughtful gifts for friends and loved ones this holiday season—or any time of the year.To purchase them please visit https://www.desertrosedirect.com/drt-web-exclusive...

Just a word about caring for your meditation stone: just wipe with a soft, damp cloth. Do be careful when handling your stones-they are delicate and will break. We don’t recommend putting them in your pants pockets, using them as keychains or as accessories.

As always…

Happy Hounding!

Kyanite

9 months ago 571 Views

Spark plugs, brake shoes, toilets, sinks, dentures. What are we babbling about, you wonder? Kyanite, of course! These items have one thing in common-porcelain. And Kyanite is used to make porcelain. It’s not all beauty and no brains! This beautiful shimmery blue stone is also very heat resistant and is used to make molds for high temperature metal casting. It’s also used in the automotive and railroad industries. Apart from these industrial uses, we are most familiar with Kyanite as a gemstone. It can be used in all types of jewelry and Jay has demonstrated this in his earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. It’s definitely one of our favorite stones!

Pearl Knotted Labradorite Necklace

9 months ago 490 Views

Now that summer has come to an end it’s time to make the transition into fall. What does the new season have in store for your wardrobe? We recommend Jay’s latest necklace: a 36” knotted strand of faceted labradorite beads strung on cotton thread. This is a throwback to Jay’s vintage years when he was stringing necklaces on thread. (Did we really just say Jay and vintage in the same sentence??)