Crystal that grow in cavities in lava or cooling pegmatites (the late stages of a cooling granite) are usually attached to the wall on which they precipitated. Removing them without damage from the mother rock is always a delicate operation, so miners are always happy when they find a pocket (usually clay filled) with unattached crystals inside that can just be taken and washed without elaborate preparation (and far too often discrete repair, which should be declared down the sale chain). Such crystals are known as floaters, and are often doubly terminated like this stunning 6.2 x 3.3 x 2.6 cm aquamarine sceptre crystal from the Gilgit region of Pakistan.
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I’ve seen the term “floater” brought up in the tag lately by multiple people, and I don’t think everyone knows what it means.
A floater isn’t someone who does nothing and let’s the rest of the house ignore them. A floater is someone who floats to where the power is each week. A floater is someone who positions oneself so that no matter who wins HoH, they will not be targeted. They have to have relationships on all sides of the house and be able to weave between multiple alliances.
The floater strategy is difficult to pull off, but some of the best players (Jun, Alison, James Rhine, Shelly, and Drew) have employed a variation of the floater strategy and gotten very far. Even though it’s gotten disrespected by mainstream big brother since bb12, that doesn’t make it any less of an effective strategy. It’s based off of the basic element of big brother as a social game, and that’s why it can be very dangerous and can get people who can pull it off close to the end.