~ Exotic Stones Descriptions ~


A brief description of the Exotic Stones currently used by the
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Up-Dated 5 March, 2004

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Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla is a unique attractive green-blue but can vary widely from more blue to more green that provides a unique color to the mineral world. Chrysocolla often is "agatized" in chalcedony quartz and it is the quartz that provides the stone with its polish and durability.

This material, originating from Australia, was obtained through trade with a private miner

Nephrite Jade

Jade is a name that was applied to ornamental stones that were being brought to Europe from China and Central America. It wasn't until 1863 that it was realized that Jade was being applied to two different minerals. The two minerals are both exquisite for the purposes that jade is put to task and are hard to distinguish from each other. Nephrite is actually not a mineral, but a variety of the mineral actinolite. The nephrite variety is composed of fibrous crystals inter-twinned in a tough compact mass.The toughness of jade is remarkable. It has a strength greater than steel and was put to work by many early civilizations for axes, knives and weapons. It was later that jade became a symbolic stone used in ornaments and other religious artifacts. Nephrite is usually only green and creamy white.

This material, originating from Happy Camp California, was obtained through trade with a private miner

White Jade

See Nephrite Jade

This material, originating from Happy Camp California, was obtained through trade with a private miner

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli has been highly valued for many thousands of years. The most famous locality for fine quality lapis lazuli is the same ancient deposit high in the mountains of Afghanistan where it was originally mined at least 6000 years ago. Lapis lazuli was often made into jewelry, carvings, amulets and talismans which were believed to have occult powers.Lapis lazuli is a rock composed of a mixture of several different minerals including lazurite, huaynite, sodalite, noselite, calcite and pyrite. Diopside, augite, mica and hornblende may also be present in small amounts.

This material, originating from Afghanistan, was obtained through purchase at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show.

Malachite

Malachite is a famous and very popular semi-precious stone. Its banded light and dark green designs are one-of-a-kind, and give it a unique ornamental quality unlike that of any other stone. Many beautiful specimens of malachite contain special combinations with other minerals, such as the azure blue of azurite, the baby blue of Chrysocolla, or the rusty red of limonite.

This material, originating from Zaire, was obtained through trade with a private miner.

Ocean Jasper, Madagascar
Orbicular Jasper

Quartz/Chalcedony group ~ This particular form of Chalcedony appears to be a massive Rhyolite flow that has silicified. As it cooled the silica precipitated out of the magma, forming little spherical balls. These balls are what make it an Orbicular Jasper. Jasper is a Chalcedony that is massive and fine grained

Ocean Jasper is found along the Northwest coast of Madagascar. The deposit formed similar to a Rhyolite flow but has been totally silicified. The Rhyolitic spheres or orbs come in an astonishing array of colors and color combinations. The background can be white, pink,, green, red or yellow. Botryoidal formations as well as white and deep green druzy are also common. The deposit, located at the edge of the ocean, can only be seen and collected from at low tide. This remote area has no roads so the material must be transported to civilization by boat. Ocean Jasper is produced from only one mine near Marovato, Madagascar.

This material, originating from Madagascar, was obtained through eBay auctions.

Obsidian, Mahogany Sheen

Obsidian is the result of molten volcanic lava cooling very rapidly. Often the lava pours into a lake or ocean and is cooled quickly. This process produces a glassy texture in the resulting rock. Obsidian can contain small bubbles of air or micro crystals that are aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing before being cooled. These bubbles or Crystals can produce interesting effects such as a Golden or Mahogany Sheen Obsidian.

This material, originating from Oregon, was obtained through the mining activities of Xtal Xplore.

Obsidian, Rainbow Sheen

Obsidian is the result of molten volcanic lava cooling very rapidly. Often the lava pours into a lake or ocean and is cooled quickly. This process produces a glassy texture in the resulting rock. Obsidian can contain small bubbles of air or micro crystals that are aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing before being cooled. These bubbles or Crystals can produce iridescent effects such as a rainbow sheen (Rainbow Sheen Obsidian).

This material, originating from Oregon, was obtained through the mining activities of Xtal Xplore.

Precious Opal
Precious Opal

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Tiffany Stone, Opalized Fluorite Bertrandite
Tiffany Stone, Opalized Fluorite Bertrandite
Tiffany Stone, Opalized Fluorite Bertrandite
 

Tiffany Stone, Opalized Fluorite Bertrandite

Considered one of the most scarce, beautiful and unusual stones in the world, this stone comes only from one very small area in the Western deserts of Utah, the Brush Wellman beryllium mine, where beryllium is mined for use in missile nose cones and many other high-tech metallurgical uses. The area is not open to the public for collecting and very little of this material sees anything other than the ore crusher to extract the small percentage of beryllium contained in the opal tuff. It is a soft to hard Opalized stone that forms in very small to 100+ pound "nodules", composed of predominantly Opalized fluorite (blues, purples and whites), often with many other minerals such as Agate, Dolomite, Rhodonite, Manganese oxide, Beryllium and others. It often has a "crackled" appearance and is called "Tiffany Stone", "Bertrandite" "Purple Opal" or "Ice Cream Opalite". Unfortunately for the jewelry world, most of the material is ground up as part of the beryllium extraction process - so, not only is it rare because of the sole location, it is even more rare (and consequently expensive) because so little of the material ever escapes the ore crushers. Wholesale value of this material (if you can find it) is about $0.50 per gram or $250/lb.

 

Metaphysical beliefs

Tiffany Stone is a highly energetic but subtle stone. Psychically it helps with communication and interpretation of psychically received information of all kinds, including telepathic, channeled, clairaudience, clairvoyance, and others. Energetically it is excellent for removing energy blockages of the meridians and chakras. Tiffany Stone is helpful emotionally by assisting transitions during changes of all kinds, engendering persistence and emotional strength, and verbalizing hidden or secret feelings. Tiffany Stone is also beneficial for business and business success. Physically, Tiffany Stone boosts the sex drive and can enhance sexual experience, and is an all-around healing stone. Tiffany Stone is associated primarily with the third eye chakra.

This material, originating from Utah, was obtained through trade with a private miner.

Opalized Wood

Wood structure has been replaced (petrified) by common Opal, the Woods grain and color are clearly visible. This material takes a high polish, is unusual and is very attractive.

This material, originating from Nevada, was obtained through the mining activities of Xtal Xplore.

Included Quartz

Crystals of Rutile, black Tourmaline or Chlorine have formed within the clear Quartz. Cut and polished to display the crystals included within the Quartz. Very unusual and attractive.

This material, originating from Nevada, was obtained through the mining activities of Xtal Xplore.

Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite (whose name means rose-colored) is a very pretty mineral. In a massive form its pink and white bands are extremely attractive and are often used in semi-precious jewelry. Rhodochrosite is often carved into figurines. Tubular stalactitic forms are sliced into circles with concentric bands that are truly unique in the mineral kingdom.

This material, originating from Argentina, was obtained through trade with a private miner.

Rhodonite, Nevada
Rhodonite, Nevada

Rhodonite, Manganese silicate, with Streaks of Manganese and Hematite providing striking contrasts with the vivid pink of the Rhodonite. Rhodonite is an attractive mineral that is often carved or cut and polished and used in jewelry. It is named after the Greek word for rose, rhodon. Its rose-pink color is distinctive. The high silica content allows for a very bright and lustrous polish of this material.

This material originating from Humboldt County, Nevada was obtained through the mining activities of Xtal Xplore.

Sugilite

Sugilite is a somewhat obscure mineral named for the Japanese geologist who discovered the first specimens in 1944, Ken-ichi Sugi. It is becoming very popular in the jewelry trade. It is used mostly for ornamental and semiprecious gemstone purposes. It has a very distinctive opaque purple color when found in its most desirable color shades. The polished stones are mostly opaque with an almost waxy luster and a deep reddish purple color. It has been described as a purple turquoise although there is no relation between the two minerals. Its jewelry uses are becoming widespread. In 1975 the most important occurrence was discovered in the Southern Khalahari desert near Hotazel, South Africa. Most of the original material has since been mined out, making it quite rare and hard to obtain. Sugilite is also known under the trade names of "Royal Lavulite" and "Royal Azel"

This material originating from South Africa, was obtained through trade with a private miner.

Tiger Eye Quartz

Created by Quartz replacement of fibrous minerals such as Serpentine and asbestos. Strongly chatoyant (cats eye) and containing inclusions of Hematite and Goethite.

This material, originating from Australia, was obtained through trade with a private miner.

Marra Mamba Tiger Eye

Marra Mamba Tiger Eye

Marra Mamba Tiger Eye

Marra Mamba ~ Tiger Eye

Marra Mamba Tiger Eye is one of Australia's most beautiful semiprecious gemstones. The richly colored and highly chatoyant material was mined from isolated pockets in the blue crocidolite seams at a small deposit in the rugged Hamersley Ranges of North Western Australia. Marra Mamba usually contains hematite and is related to tiger eye and tiger iron. Marra mamba tends to have more of a coppery coloring than most tiger eye and has more Hematite. Premium pieces have a reddish overall color.

The name "Marra Mamba" is taken from the geological banded iron formation in which the Tiger Eye occurs, and which outcrops extensively throughout the Pibara region. The gemstone was formed hundreds of millions of years ago during the Volcanic Era when the Hamersley Ranges were being formed, by highly mineralized silica impregnating the crocidolite fibers. The Tiger Eye is enclosed in an attractive jasperlite host rock, through which a lace-work of hematite banding occurs together with splashes of iron pyrite, giving the stone its unique characteristics. The deposit is the only source for this gemstone in the world, and is now mined out.

Marra Mamba is not sold wholesale. The mine owner in Australia sells only small quantities at a time for high prices.The cost of this material, if it can be found, usually starts at $100.00 per pound rough and is sold by the gram in smaller lots. The finished cab can bring $75.00 and up. To a truly avid collector there is no other stone that can compare to "Marra Mamba" tiger eye.

This material, originating from Australia, was obtained through eBay auctions.

Variscite

Variscite is a relatively rare phosphate mineral that is sometimes confused with turquoise. It is usually greener, however, than turquoise. Variscite is used as a semi-precious stone and can display distinctive color patterns that are very attractive.

This material, originating from Utah, was obtained through the mining activities of Xtal Xplore.

Intarsia

The inlay or combining of different materials to create artistic and aesthetically pleasing patterns in a Gemstone.

Intarsia is a very labor intensive endeavor. It requires precise cutting of materials, Precision grinding and polishing to insure contact surfaces are "true" to promote strong bonding and flawless seams, and meticulous attention to detail in fitting pieces together during the bonding process. Only the highest quality optically clear epoxies are used to join the various materials.

Some things that have to be considered when designing an Intarsia "Series" are the aesthetic value of the finished Gemstone (Is it going to be attractive), relative hardness of the materials and availability of the desired materials.

An Intarsia "Series" is created in a rectangular block of combined materials about 3" long. Each Intarsia block is a unique "Series" and will yield from six to eight Gemstones.

The five "Series" represented in the photo incorporate Canadian Jade, California Jade, Nevada Rhodonite and Tiger Eye.

Nevada Quartz Crystal
Quartz Crystal

Natural Quartz Crystals, both clear and smokey, mined in Nevada are used in Wired Artist creations. Only undamaged Crystals are used.
The Crystal is mined, cleaned, inspected and selected by the Wired Artist. Single termination Crystals have the broken growth end (butt) sawn off, ground and polished. Double terminated Crystals are incorporated "as is".
Crystals are selected and used because of their unique beauty, a work of art created by nature. Many believe that Crystals may have metaphysical properties. Some of these beliefs may be explored at the Sweet Surrender Crystal web site.

This material, originating from Nevada, was obtained through the mining activities of Xtal Xplore.


There are many other materials used by the "Wired Artist" not described here. Particularly a vast selection of beautiful Jaspers and Agates that are unique to specific locations.


All materials used by the Wired Artist are obtained "in the rough". All cutting, shaping and polishing work is performed by the Wired Artist.

Other materials will be added to this listing as they are obtained by the Wired Artist.


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