13 November 2009

choices, decisions

dark green/black tourmaline set in a 9mm silver bullet shell

nothing really that special about tourmaline

tektite (natural glass rocks which are believed to be formed by the impact of meteorites on Earth) set in a 9mm silver bullet shell.

The terrestrial-impact theory states that a meteorite impact melts material from the Earth's surface and catapults it up to several hundred kilometers away from the impact site, which means that it must have travelled through space (thus explaining the dryness).

Tektites are among the "driest" rocks, with an average water content of 0.005%. This is very unusual, as most if not all of the craters where tektites may have formed were underwater before impact. Also, partially melted zircons have been discovered inside a handful of tektites. This, along with the water content, suggests that the tektites were formed under phenomenal temperature and pressure not normally found on the surface of the Earth.

purple amethyst/clear quartz geode

The name comes from the Ancient Greek a- ("not") and methustos("intoxicated"), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness; the ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.


On exposure to heat, amethyst generally becomes yellow, and much of the citrine, cairngorm, or yellow quartz of jewelry is said to be merely "burnt amethyst".

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