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Mineralesque - Fordite, also known as Detroit agate, is old automobile paint which has hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished. It was formed from the built up [sic] of layers of enamel paint slag on tracks and skids on which cars were hand spray-painted (a now automated process), which have been baked numerous times.

Mineralesque - Fordite, also known as Detroit agate, is old automobile paint which has hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished. It was formed from the built up [sic] of layers of enamel paint slag on tracks and skids on which cars were hand spray-painted (a now automated process), which have been baked numerous times.

A fine example of golden Rutile sprays on metalic silver crystals of lustrous Hematite.

A fine example of golden Rutile sprays on metalic silver crystals of lustrous Hematite.

Incredible Opal looks like a Nebula #Art #Science #InvocoAmor

Incredible Opal looks like a Nebula #Art #Science #InvocoAmor

Beautiful Tanzanite - I don’t think I’ve ever seen as rich a blue in a zoisite as this 10 cm specimen on matrix from the Merelani hills of Tanzania. While it has almost certainly been heated to bring out the colour (natural blues only happen when heat has been an immediate part of their geological adventure through deep time), the depth of saturation (pink for example is a light red) and perfection of tone (neither too light or dark) make this a gem to be admired.

Beautiful Tanzanite - I don’t think I’ve ever seen as rich a blue in a zoisite as this 10 cm specimen on matrix from the Merelani hills of Tanzania. While it has almost certainly been heated to bring out the colour (natural blues only happen when heat has been an immediate part of their geological adventure through deep time), the depth of saturation (pink for example is a light red) and perfection of tone (neither too light or dark) make this a gem to be admired.

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