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South African Sodalite Arizona Petrified Wood
Turritella Agate Cape (Chevron) Amethyst

TS4-01 SOUTH AFRICAN SODALITE:  Sodalite is a dramatic stone with both ancient and contemporary applications. This deep blue mineral is frequently confused with the highly prized lapis lazuli. In fact, it is a poor relation to lapis. Both minerals are silicates in the feldspathoid family. Sodalite is usually veined with white calcite and is volcanic in origin. Sodalite is said to be a stone of awakening. It is believed helpful for those who find themselves to be over-emotional, allowing one to use more logic and intuition, rather than the emotions.  It is also said to enhance psychic abilities and deepen meditation. It is thought to encourage discipline and can be a facilitator of career advancement.  Carrying sodalite can help one to find efficient ways of dealing with daily problems, while promoting intuition and a trust in one's own judgment. Na8Cl2Al6Si6O24  Mohs Hardness: 5.5 - 6  Specific Gravity: 2.25. Quantity: 8-11 stones per bag, Royal Blue drawstring pouch.

TS4-02 ARIZONA PETRIFIED WOOD:  A fossil and a gem. Percolating groundwater carried minerals into the decaying wood, slowly turning it into jasper. Since the process proceeds so slowly, the wood is replaced, cell by cell, in a process called infiltration, preserving the original structures in stone. Along with the quartz, oxides of iron (red), manganese (black), and uranium (yellow) make for the bright colors of Arizona petrified wood. Dinosaur bone is often petrified in the same fashion. As a talisman, it has worn in respect for the enduring and steadfastness of life. Petrified wood is found all over the world, but this material was collected legally on lands outside of protected park lands. Chemical formula: SiO2  Arizona,  USA  Triassic Period (200 million years before present). Quantity: 5-6 stones per bag, Ivory drawstring pouch.

TS4-03 TURRITELLA AGATE:  A fossil and a gem, Turritella is a high spiral snail common from the upper Cretaceous to the present. These snails died and their shells were incorporated into a siliceous deposit. The resulting jasper now contains the casts and molds of the snails tall spirals. As a talisman, it has been worn as a focus to acquire patience.  SiO2 with mineral trace colorants  Wyoming, USA  Cenozoic Age/Upper Cretaceous Period - present. Quantity: 7-10 stones per bag, Red drawstring pouch.

TS4-04 CAPE (CHEVRON) AMETHYST: Amethyst is a purple form of quartz containing trace amounts of iron that have been oxidized by exposure to naturally occurring ionizing-radiation that is a byproduct of the decay of potassium 40, giving it it's distinctive regal purple color. Cape amethyst is a form of amethyst that is layered or striped with milky quartz. Cape amethyst is a translucent rather than transparent because even the amethyst is a form of milky quartz that ranges from light- to medium-purple and has white bands. It is sometimes known as chevron amethyst and is mined in the cape region of South Africa, hence the name. The lavender tinge that it takes on because of the lightening of the milky quartz, gives it a color appeal. Milky quartz is just an impure form of quartz with lots of gas or fluid inclusions that break up and diffuse the light making it appear white instead of clear. Otherwise it is just amethyst, which is quartz with iron & manganese trace that has been irradiated. The radiation damage causes the iron/magnesium to become purple color centers instead of the usual brown that pure forms of quartz take on to become smoky or morion. SiO2  Mohs Hardness: 7  Specific Gravity: 2.65  Brazil. Quantity: 8-10 stones per bag, Purple drawstring pouch.

Leopardskin Agate
Rock Crystal
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South African Gemstone Mix

Brazilian Agate

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