Browsing Archive: March, 2021

TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS WITH CUT GEMSTONE HEATING

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Thursday, March 25, 2021, In : Lapidary 
Duncan Miller

Inspired by the dramatic change in colour of the large tourmaline illustrated in last month’s Mineralogical Chatter, that went from autumn brown to a purplish-pink on heating by the client for whom I had cut it, I decided to experiment myself. A friend lent me a small ‘enamelling’ kiln; I bought a suitable crucible from jewellers’ supplier Lipman & Son in Cape Town (https://lipmanson.co.za/); and Ian Lipman generously gave me jewellery casting investment powder to protect...


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Six of the Best Specimens in the Mineral Kingdom!

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Thursday, March 25, 2021, In : Mineralogy 

By Peter Rosewarne

Introduction

Have you ever wondered if there was a specimen out there that was the world’s best, or what the best six or ten mineral specimens ever discovered are considered to be? I thought it might be a bit of fun to put together a “Six of the Best” of the mineral kingdom based on expert opinion in respected publications, such as The Mineral Record and its supplements, Masterpieces of the Mineral Kingdom, and American Mineral Treasures. Some of these discoveries g...


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