Fossils in Agate

A few weeks ago I secured a strand of gorgeous gorgeous fossilized agates, well, the agates aren’t fossilized, but the creatures that were once alive hundreds of millions of years ago are fossilized in the stone. In real life, these are  amazing and the details of the shells and spirals are really captivating. Rather than…

Sapphires, rubies, and more sapphires and rubies!

Back in September I picked up a not too cheap strand of ‘sapphire and ruby buttons’. They are gorgeous, beautiful pieces of color! I oohed and aahed over them, then started thinking… ‘Reds are the rubies, right? Blues are the sapphires, right?’ So, what are all the other colors??’ And put the strand away until…

Kyanite: Blue blue and blue

Kyanite, a pure and true blue, like a summer sky or an icy lake, kyanite reaches out and draws you into its depths. The name derives from the Greek word kuanos sometimes referred to as “kyanos”, meaning deep blue. Used as a semiprecious gemstone, it has found its way into society primarily in refractory and ceramic products, including porcelain plumbing fixtures…