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Colours of the Earth by pralinkova-princezna Colours of the Earth by pralinkova-princezna
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My collection of semi-precious stones has grown a lot, and is still going to grow. ^^ It barely fit to my scanner.. and scanning them is better than photographing.

Let me show you some of the more and less known stones and tell you some interesting facts.

from up, left

1. avanturine, chrysocolla, chalcedony, lepidolite, rose quartz
Chrysocolla: the more blue is contains, the higher grade it is.
Lepidolite is a form of mica.

2. jade, amazonite, chalcedony, 2x amethyst, 2x lapis lazuli (lazurite)
Jades come in huge variety, from light to dark.
Amethyst seems to be the most popular stone.

3. unakite, prehnite, chalcedony (blue lace agate), dumortierite, falcon's eye
Prehnite is usually apple-green colour.
Agate is a type of chalcedony.

4. heliotrope (bloodstone), serpentine (snake stone), aquamarine, sodalite, kyanite, moss agate, hematite
The little dots of red on heliotrope was said to be Christ's blood that got caught on stones under his cross.
Serpentine can be used as anti-venom against snake bite.
Kyanite: long time ago, every blue stone was called kyanite.

5. brown jasper, fluorite, rhyolite, quartz, ulexite, magnezite (howlite)
Fluorite is a stone with a huge colour variety - yellow, green, purple... often making stripes.
Rhyolite is of volcanic origin.
Ulexite has a peculiar optical quality, it shows whatever is behind it on its surface like a little TV - it consists of fibres which lead light, so the image can be seen only through one side, from the other sides it gives the same shiny effect like a tiger's eye.
Howlite is naturally white and sometimes is coloured blue, then it is called turquenite and is used instead of real turquoise.

6. tiger's eye, yellow jasper, smoke quartz, moonstone, almandine (indian garnet), zebra marble
There are 3 types of tiger's eye - red, blue and yellow. Blue is called falcon's and red is called bull's (but only in my country, what a shame.)

7. japser (not sure which type), yellow calcite, citrine, agate, red tiger's eye, mahogany obsidian
Jaspers are opaque stones with an amazing variety of patterns. There is red, yellow, brown, leopardskin, picture, brecciated, dalmatine, picasso, kalahari, oceanic, jungle jasper... some are very hard to categorize. Also heliotrope and unakite belong to jaspers.
Citrine is usually artificially made from amethyst, real citrine is paler and hard to find.

8. leopardskin jasper, chiastolite (cross stone), Botswana agate, rutilated quartz, carnelian, red jasper (probably brecciated)
Chiastolite is a type of andalusite, it always crystallizes in the typical structure. If cut properly, a nice regular cross can be seen.
Quartz with needles of rutile inside is also called Venus's hair (in my country).
Carnelian can be with stripes.


Hope you enjoyed this little lesson of mineralogy. :D
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Conceptbro Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's fantastic. I have a couple chunks of that almandine stuff and was trying to identify it using the internet but came up dry, so this just learned me a thing or two. Thanks.
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it was helpful. :D
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Conceptbro Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Certainly was.
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Conceptbro Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have actually several specimens of the various stones in the picture, now that i think of it. Wouldn't mind getting my hands on some more Malachite one day, maybe find a guy to cut one of the pieces i have into a marble shape or something.
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!!
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: You're welcome!
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Beautiful.
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Your very welcome.
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mossagateturtle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
That grey agate is actually a Botswana Agate, as I see.
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It could be. Updated, thanks.
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AmberArt212 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice 
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Zage56 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Do you tumble your specimens?
Nice collection!
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I bought them like this. Glad you like it.
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flockfantrekkie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I named one of my dragons Jasper. He's bright red-orange, sort of rust-colored.
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angel407 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely to see such variety! They are all so beautiful and unique.
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like them. :)
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tarainthedark182 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
Uggh!!  So many pretty ones!  My eyes just exploded!!!  :)
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like them :)
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NinthTome Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
Nice collection!
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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NinthTome Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Keep it up. :)
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Brooklynnator1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
LACE AGATE!!
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EarthFox89 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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Raph1966 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
these gems are gorgeous. A NICE arrangement in a great composition shot. IMO. :aww: Beautiful. :heart:
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D glad you like it!
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Raph1966 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I LOVE it. :aww: Both my friend and I collect stones similar to this (maybe not as nice as these). Had to share this with her. :D
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing. Have you a pic too?
My collection has grown since this pic was taken, so I have to update sometimes. :D I have some real treasures like a moldavite. :aww:
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Raph1966 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I had a few pics but I but deleted them. This is the only survivor:[link] I have the feeling my stones are of no value, they're just pretty. (I love moonstone. :D)
This is my friend's old collection: [link] and [link] Just pretty to look at ^^;
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I collect the stones for the same reason, because they are pretty. XD
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NoBuddy-else Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
The colours flow so well from cold to warm. :heart:
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=)
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AnimesMasters Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
nice collection
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nifty-ness Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is superb!
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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Kannacchi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I took geology in college, so this is like <3 to me XD

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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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pokepanda Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Cool :D Where did you get these? Are any of them from a cool website? :paranoid: I've been looking for a good website to get some semi-precious stones, all that hunting is hard, especially since I can't drive. XD
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
None is from a website, all from regular shops.
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pokepanda Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Oh, okay =p
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Aikaritsu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
I love the colors! 8D
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kidjet Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Your outstanding piece of art is featured in my journal. [link]
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :bow:
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nada87 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
am designing a logo for a precious stones hand made jewlery line and was thinking of incrusting the logo with some stones, may I use the pictures of your stones? will post a picture of the logo here and cite you :)
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I don't want this picture to be used elsewhere.
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Undistilled Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Very nice collection and excellent research! Nice to see someone taking their stones seriously and properly labeling them.

Your gray agate on the very bottom is probably Botswana Agate.

:)
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wonderful composition and idea!
I like it a lot. :)
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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