Posts tagged 'Madagascar'
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??)
As you know, Jay uses a lot of Petrified Wood in his designs. You then also know that it’s not actually wood, but a type of fossil where all the trees organic materials have been replaced with minerals.Pretty cool, right?
Madagascar Peach stone is a type of feldspar called orthoclase, which makes up much of the Earth’s crust. It forms as magma cools and then crystallizes into igneous rock--granite, for example. The pink crystals can be tiny—less than a few millimeters, but they are especially large and easily seen when found in another rock called pegmatite. A gigantic crystal found in a pegmatite rock in the mountains of Russia measured 30 feet long and weighed 100 tons! Orthoclase has been found within some rocks on Mars and on the moon.
Have you ever wondered why a particular stone is called an opal, but looks nothing like one? That’s because there are two types – Precious and Common.
The stone that puts out flashes of light and color (opalescence) is called Precious Opal, most of which is mined in Australia. This is the opal that is most familiar to us.
It’s always fun to introduce a new Mine Finds gemstone from Jay. In our May show he will present a couple of necklaces that showcase Diopside. Many of you may be familiar with the stunning emerald green of Chrome Diopside we’ve had in the past, which is just one of several types of Diopside. This time jay is going to present a dark green and a light blue diopside. In his travels, Jay found them in Madagascar and South Africa, respectively.