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Triacontakaitetragon - Lawrence Stoller

Oh yes - Master Stoller does it again!

This biggun started out with a weight of 18kilos before Master Stoller facetted it into the artwork you see here a triacontakaitetragon meaning a 34 sided polygon. 



The work would have been easier had the client asked for a multiple of six sides, as it could have built more easily…

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Posted by BecStar* on September 2, 2014 at 12:03pm

Tourmaline In Aquamarine

Holy Hand Grenade, Batman! 



A multi coloured Tourmaline floating in 4.4x2.8x2cm aquamarine!

This is big - and amazingly cool!

Photo: Holy Hand Grenade, Batman! Tourmaline floating in aquamarine! Most inclusions are microscopic, but occasionally a stunning example emerges out of nature's treasure chest to fill us with wonder and desire. The gem has been polished into a free form in order to display the result of a geological process: the sequential cooling of the last stages of a granite as the chemistry of the ever dwindling magma evolved and concentrated all those rare elements distilled out of the Earth. First to crystallise was the bicoloured tourmaline, rich in boron and iron. The combination of pink and green is known as watermelon in the trade, and makes attractive bi or tricoloured gems. The crystal was fully formed before the next generation of mineralisation appeared, forming the typical triangular cross section and lines called striae down the long axis of the crystal. Sometime later, in the same pocket where the fluids were stewing, an influx of beryllium enrichment appeared, and the aquamarine (also coloured by iron) started to grow, entombing the tourmaline as it crystallised around it. The piece measures 4.4x2.8x2cm. The Earth Story Image credit: Jewel Expert



The Earth Story explains the geology of the magic we see in this treasure!

Most inclusions are microscopic, but occasionally a stunning example emerges out of nature's treasure chest to fill us with wonder and…

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Posted by BecStar* on September 2, 2014 at 11:42am

The Cup of the Ptolemies.

Anyone fancy a drink??

This agate cup was carved in Alexandria in Egypt around the first centuries BCE to CE. Its journey from there to France is lost in obscurity, though it was held in the treasury of the abbey of St Denis in Paris until the dispersion of monastic treasures during the revolution.

Photo: The Cup of the Ptolemies. This agate cup was carved in Alexandria in Egypt around the first centuries BCE to CE. Its journey from there to France is lost in obscurity, though it was held in the treasury of the abbey of St Denis in Paris until the dispersion of monastic treasures during the revolution. It originally had gem studded gold mountings dating from the era of Charles the bald (died 877CE), but they vanished when it was stolen and recovered in 1804. It is not kept at the Cabinet des Medailles in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. It is a famous masterpiece of Hellenistic stone carving, with pictures depicting preparations for a pagan Dionysiac revel. It was used in French coronation rituals, along with several other items from the abbey treasury. Loz Height 8.4, width 18.4cm. Image credit: Clio20/Wikimedia Commons

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Posted by BecStar* on September 2, 2014 at 11:30am

Atlantis

I have a theory that Atlantis had spaceships, and when Atlantis went under some left and some died.

This theory has staid with me for years.

Posted by dana on August 11, 2014 at 4:11am

THE RETURN OF DIVINE LIOR

 

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I have synthesized some notes into a blog-series.…

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Posted by Esta Lior on July 8, 2014 at 10:36pm

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