Archive for December, 2008

Chrysocolla : Blue-Green Mineral

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

The name Chrysocolla was first used by Theophrastus in 315 B.C. and comes from the Greek chrysos, meaning “gold,” and kolla, meaning “glue,” in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold. Found in the oxidation zone of copper deposits, often encrusting or replacing earlier secondary minerals. It is typically found as glassy botryoidal or rounded masses or bubbly crusts, and as jackstraw mats of tiny acicular crystals or tufts of fibrous crystals.

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Pink Plume Agate – New Find!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

This pink plume agate material is said to be out of Madagascar with agate formations and beautiful druzy crystal pockets. First said to be on the market at the Tucson, AZ Gem and Mineral show in 2008 for this rare material.

These pink plume cabochons are looking really nice when polished as the pink colors deepen while making the agate more visible on the surface. We are excited to have picked up a limited supply of this rare find and hope you enjoy our cabs in your next piece of fine jewelry! Let us know what you think and if you have more information on this rare stone.

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