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Runes
May 7th 2017

Runes

Runes are letters in a set of related alphabets known as the runic alphabets which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin Alphabet. The term runes is used to distinguish these symbols from Latin and Greek…

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The Galleon
Apr 19th 2017

The Galleon

The Galleon was a large, multi decked, blue water sailing ship used as an armed cargo carrier primarily by Europeon states during the Age of Sail from the 16th to 18th centuries. These magnificent sailing vessels were the mainstay of commerce well in…

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Saving "face" ... cutting a Chrysocolla stone
Apr 3rd 2017

Saving "face" ... cutting a Chrysocolla stone

Part of the challenge when cutting a stone is to find a good "face" on the stone. The "face" changes with every cut. In pursuit of a new "face" this Sonora Chrysocolla stone is being cut with a Diamond saw. This rock has produced many beautiful…

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Precious Silver
Mar 29th 2017

Precious Silver

A white, lustrous metal, silver exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal. The metal is found in the Earth's crust in the pure, free elemental form known as "native silver". As one of…

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Sonora Chrysocolla, "Stone of Communication"
Mar 28th 2017

Sonora Chrysocolla, "Stone of Communication"

Sonora Chrysocolla is a copper based stone comprised of various minerals including quartz, azurite, malacite, cuprite, tenorite and occasionally turquoise. It is a rare mineral found only in the State of Sonora, Mexico directly south of Arizona. Its…

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Sodalite, the Poet's Stone
Mar 28th 2017

Sodalite, the Poet's Stone

Sodalite, also known as the Poet's Stone, is a beautiful mineral of blue to blue-violet color with secondary colors of white and salmon. The finest specimens are found in Brazil and Africa. This unique mineral is known and appreciated for its be…

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