meripihka7 replied to your photoset“So today I finally got my hands on a nice piece of labradorite and let…”
Labradorite is expensive where you are? I have a shop a couple of towns over that sells some gorgeous pieces for very little. Can I be bold and offer to show off my collection?
It’s not expensive per se as like… harder to find? Because it’s all imported here that jacks the prices up and is a significant chunk of the reason it took me so long to find a piece that struck that balance between nice and price.
It’s not very common. By contrast, this is Australia so there is boulder opal at literally every rock show you go to. It is gr9.
Also ohmygosh yes. Show off your collection yes please. I am always down for people to show me their shiny things.
This is an open invitation to anyone. Please feel free to tag me in posts of your shiny things and/or come into my inbox with them. I have a magpie’s heart.
lepidolite is a variety of mica and is typically pink or lavender colored. when tumbled it is extremely glittery – pictures don’t do it justice!
ulexite is also called “tv rock” and has a super unique optical effect – when placed over something it displays that image onto the top of the rock. it’s not merely opaque – the fibers within the mineral literally project an image onto the surface of the stone.
pietersite has chatoyancy – much like tiger’s eye – that creates movement and shine through the surface of the stone. however, unlike tiger’s eye, pietersite’s chatoyancy is in swirls instead of straight lines. it’s incredible to behold – i recommend looking up pietersite on youtube and checking out videos of it under good lighting.
4) optical calcite/iceland spar
this type of calcite is actually completely clear, but refracts the light going through it in ways that create rainbows and other neat optical effects. isaac newton himself actually studied this rock to help better understand the nature of light itself & the phenomenon of optical illusions.
alexandrite is a variety of chrysoberyl that exhibits a color change! it changes from a greenish hue to a brilliant red depending on the type of light and the source. the color changes in alexandrite are phenomenal and rarely seen in other stones.
don’t let the image fool you – this stone is actually pure black. the brilliant colors it exhibits are just a flash (it’s actually called labradorescence, which is what the stone labradorite is named for). spectrolite is an uncommon form of labradorite mined only from finland. some varieties of high quality labradorite from madagascar can show a spectrolite play, but nothing is as dark with as brilliant a flash as spectrolite.
7) specular hematite
specular hematite is a variety of hematite that has a beautiful, glimmering surface especially when polished. much like lepidolite, the shimmer of specular hematite is caused by mica.
8) boulder opal
boulder opal is ironstone with cracks of brilliant natural opal running through it. these formations are entirely natural. opal has the most brilliant and vibrantly colored flash of any other stone.
9) enhydro quartz
enhydro quartz is a variety of quartz that was formed with naturally occuring water & air bubbles within them! in some specimens the water bubbles will actually move underneath the surface of the crystal.
10) fire agate
fire agate is actually a form of chalcedony, and is well known for having a beautiful rainbow effect caused by schiller, rather than flash or labradorescence.
A fusion between Lapis and Dravite, she’s the ultimate terraformer, able to raise oceans and mold the Earth to her will with the wave of a hand if she weren’t so tired all the time. Water constantly flows from her mouth like an open faucet, so she keeps it closed and never speaks.
She also happened to fit @gemsona-hq ‘s January Prompt, and i finished her just before the deadline
A gift for @rolling-flash I had said I’d make over 3 months ago. I finally got around to it after trying to figure out what I wanted to make for them and procrastinating even more so. I admit I had the most fun with Boulder, but Rolling Flash just looks so impressive with scale and details. Original size sprites and individual ones below the cut.
I made it on time! I participated in @gemsona-hq‘s monthly gem challenge and designed a Boulder Opal. I made rough renders along with a painted illustration (because I haven’t painted in a long time and I need to get back into that). I suppose I like taking my designs literally and made them a boulder-like gem LOL.
Boulder Opals are now discontinued assistant and guard gems normally assigned to aristocrat gems. Devoted to their masters, they will serve them without question. This Boulder Opal was ordered by their owner to wait for them to return. Thousands of years later, they’re still waiting, even when moss and flowers grow on them.
Alphabetically arranged list of popular precious and semiprecious stones by their magickal intentions.
Anaphrodisiac (Opposite of Aphrodisiac): Onyx
Animals: Boulder matrix opal (to access one’s animal guides), cat’s eye (for all spellwork relating to cats), cylindrite, faustite, ganophyllite, horneblende (for communicating with the physical and spiritual animal worlds), stibnite (a totem stone for the wolf), and tiger’s eye.
Did I ever show my off Gem OCs? Because they’re so pretty and glittery.
Unfused Opals naturally glitter and shimmer under light and because of these eye-catching qualities they are dancers at heart, these gems are commonly seen in courts as groups to entertain guests. However, unlike pearls these gems are only used for entertaining purposes and have no other use whatsoever, despite this they can become extremely protective of their masters and will risk their lives to protect those they value.
When fused together Pacific Opal and Fire Opal create Boulder Opal.