Painting with Stones: Minerals to Paint

Painting with Stones: Minerals to Paint

November 17, 2021

Virtually every continent in the world has at least one culture that in the past used gemstones for painting, dyes, or pigments. Let’s examine some of these cultures and peoples of the past.

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What is in a Cut? The Most Popular Diamond Cuts

What is in a Cut? The Most Popular Diamond Cuts

November 05, 2021

Not all cuts are the same. Some have a purpose beyond being aesthetically pleasing, while others try to maximize another quality at the expense of a great cut (as is often with colored gemstones).

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Sapphires of Sri Lanka

Sapphires of Sri Lanka

November 03, 2021

Padparadscha, a pink-orange hue that refers to the lotus blossom, is one of the most coveted types of sapphire. It is also one of the most popular non-blue types of sapphire. Although it has a pink hue, it is distinct from the comparatively more common and much less prized pink sapphire.

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Not Gemstones, Ghosts - Spooky Abandoned Mines

Not Gemstones, Ghosts - Spooky Abandoned Mines

October 28, 2021

In the spirit of Halloween, let us take a dive into a few abandoned mines and towns. Save for a few bold residents and ghosts, nobody inhabits the towns on this list. Even less people are in the mines; a handful of bold adventurers may have explored them, but only specters continue to work there.

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Moldavite: Stone born from Stardust

Moldavite: Stone born from Stardust

October 11, 2021

A guide for the history, meaning, metaphysical uses, purposes, crystal healing, and properties of the extraterrestrial Moldavite.

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Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood

October 09, 2021

A guide for the history, meaning, metaphysical uses, purposes, crystal healing, and properties of the ancient Petrified Wood stone.

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TWINKLE IN THE GROUND – THE COMET MINE OF MONTANA

TWINKLE IN THE GROUND – THE COMET MINE OF MONTANA

October 07, 2021

Comet, Montana, is one of many American ghost towns today. It is also home to one of the abandoned mines in Montana. Once an economic center for miners from the 19th to 20th century, it is now overgrown and belongs to nature. This is the brief story of the Comet Mine, its little town, and its untimely demise.

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Raining Diamonds: Gemstones that are out of this World

Raining Diamonds: Gemstones that are out of this World

September 21, 2021

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Malachite: Stone for Transformation

Malachite: Stone for Transformation

September 16, 2021

A guide for the history, meaning, metaphysical uses, purposes, crystal healing, and properties of the mesmerizing Malachite.

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GREEN GOLD: THE HISTORY OF CHINESE JADE CULTURE

GREEN GOLD: THE HISTORY OF CHINESE JADE CULTURE

September 10, 2021

Artisans worked with jade, much like how we work with diamonds today. Because of jade’s scarcity, lapidaries had to work with caution and precision. Any flaws were removed or reduced through careful carving. 

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Pearl - Stone for Prosperity

Pearl - Stone for Prosperity

August 31, 2021

A guide for the history, meaning, metaphysical uses, purposes, crystal healing, and properties of the elegant Pearl.

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Rarer than Diamonds - What is the Rarest Stone in the World?

Rarer than Diamonds - What is the Rarest Stone in the World?

August 27, 2021

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