Gemstones & Pearls: News
Trick? It's Definitely a Treat
Look long enough at a late October moon and you're bound to
see things. Ditto for this 5-ct. Brazilian citrine quartz with
deeply entrenched iron oxide stains. Ghosts and ghouls cavort
through this gemstone.
In the pictured inset, a human-like figure clings to a mountainside,
bellowing out in frustration. Behind stumbles an eerie mascot:
a three-legged creature with a long neck and horns. Both are
immobilized as a soft rain begins to fall.
What you're actually seeing in the citrine are fissures into
which iron-rich waters seeped over many centuries. The staining
of the quartz grew deeper over the millennia, creating the unusual
patterns you can see now. The "rain" is simply a colorless,
reflective fissure captured by the light perhaps of the
by Robert Weldon, G.G.
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