Amazing gemstone carving sitting on an acrylic base stand. A clear quartz crystal has been delicately carved into an owl, and it is perched on a rough chunk of brazilian emerald. The bird detatches from the emerald and inserts into the base stone on metal posts. The thought and detail that went into this carving are truly astounding.
Measurements: ~6-1/2" tall x 4-1/4" wide x 3-1/2" deep
Clear Quartz is one one of the most admired minerals by both geology enthusiasts and those practicing the Metaphysical properties of minerals. Quartz is composed of silica (SiO2), and forms an important part of most igneous rocks. Quartz occurs in crystalline masses, and when conditions permit, it forms hexagonal crystals. Perfect crystals are rare. Industrially, crystal Quartz can be cut in a certain way in order for it to produce an electrical charge. This effect makes Quartz very useful for radio, television, and radar. Colors or inclusions in Quartz are due to the presence of other minerals (particularly iron), combining with Quartz during its formation. Common varieties are rose quartz, amethyst, citrine, rutilated, and tourmalinated quartz.
Emerald is a rare and valuable gemstone that is a variety of the mineral Beryl. They receive their beautiful green coloration from trace amounts of Chromium. Emeralds tend to have numerous inclusions, so unlike diamonds, which are magnified 10x to grade their clarity, Emeralds are graded by the eye. If "by eye" an Emerald has no visible inclusions, it is considered flawless. It is the traditional birthstone for the month of May. Emeralds have long been associated with beauty, health, and happiness. Early admirers saw emeralds as the promise of a fresh green spring.
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