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Brilliant_Rock
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A faceted 2.02ct rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado.

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Another very soft stone, but DW is going to try to set this little guy in a ring with a diamond halo to provide some protection.

Saturday night only ring, and with a strict limit on wine consumption!!! :lol-2:
 

PinkAndBlueBling

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Nothing super rare. My rhodochrosite from The Gem Trader:

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Rhodonite, included but beautiful color!

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New itty bitty grandidierite ring:
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Small pezzotite:

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And my embarrassingly small (3.5 x 2.6) hauyne:

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I like pinks and blues...
 

Sprinkles&Stones

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My little benitoite collection (conveniently located in one place.) I have a few more small rounds I ordered. No idea what I am going to do with them but OMG the sparkle.

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This is to DIE for!!! where did you get it? I would love something like this!
 

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Brilliant_Rock
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Love it!! Another high RI stone.

Yes, I believe it has a RI of 2.02. This stone has fabulous light return, it doesn't quite sparkle like a diamond but it's not far off. The zincite material was collected in the late 1970s from the chimney of a Polish zinc smelter that was being repaired. It seems that material of this quality has not been found again. Here's a LINK to the interesting story of how this particular material was discovered.

Our 8.01ct oval has very similar dimensions to DW's OEC so the plan is to set it in a very similar ring so she can wear one on each hand. :)Unfortunately zincite is very soft with a hardness of only 4.0 so the ring will get a small diamond halo to provide some protection, and be reserved for very special occasions.

I've been admiring your fabulous sphalerite, I believe it has an RI equal to diamond? I've put one of those on DW's bucket list!
 
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Thank you. It’s hard to believe that zincite was a byproduct in those factories, and it’s facetable material
 

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Various colors of dumortierites from various origins, biggest one weighs 3.04ct.
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Lazulites from Pakistan and brazil. The biggest one weighs 13.55 ct.

And so on...

Stunning collection!! Impressive sizes and qualities. The dumortierites....:drool:
 
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