The Jasper Called Malachite

The jasper called Malachite is one of the most beautiful jaspers in the world.  Malachite is a banded semi-precious stone with wonderful green hues.  Malachite is composed of copper carbonate hydroxide.  It gets its warm colors from the element copper.

Rough Malachite

Rough Malachite

It has been found in Russia; Timna Valley, Israel; Zimbabwe; Broken Hill, New South Wales; Tsumeb, Namibia; England; Lyon, France; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Zambia; Mexico; Arizona and Arkansas in the United States.  There is archeological proof that malachite has been mined at Timna Valley in Israel for more than 3,000 years.

Malachite has also been found as a semi-permanent pigment in Egyptian tomb paintings and European paintings in the 15th and 16th century.  Malachite is very possibly the oldest green pigment known.

While not a hard stone, it scores 3.5-4.0 on Moh’s hardness scale, it takes a wonderful polish.

Major uses for Malachite are jewelry and ornamental stone, such as vases and sculptures, emblems, electronics, ammunition, autos, coins, and more.

Michigan Gemstone Datolite

Being a Michigander myself, I can’t help bragging about the beautiful Michigan gemstone Datolite!  Michigan’s Upper Peninsula copper ore regions contain this gem, which is one of the oldest lapidary materials collected in the United States.  If your ready for a game of ‘hide and seek’, head to the Keweenaw Peninsula or Isle Royale National Park.

Datolite

Datolite is comprised of calcium boron hydroxide nesosilicate, or CaBSi04 (OH).  Datolite usually comes in the form of crystals.  However, the only place in the world to find rare Datolite with a porcelaneous surface is Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

Copper-Infused Datolite

One of the most common and natural colors of Datolite is white.  However, you can find Datolite in an endless array of colors, some with copper inclusions.  The rarest colors are yellow and orange.  Pink datolite is sometimes referred to as sugar stone. Sizes range from a pea to a basketball.

Crystal Surface of Datolite

 

The best time to hunt is after a rain.  Look for a ‘dirty’ cauliflower exterior.  Sometimes a broken surface will give a peak at the color within.  Otherwise, you will have to wait until you cut the gem open to see its wonderful color!  Happy hunting!!

 

Jewelry Metal and Your Skin Tone

Do you ever consider jewelry metal and your skin tone before purchasing that perfect outfit? Your jewelry metal can make or break your outfit and your outfit can make your skin glow with a healthy radiance or simply make you look like you are ill.

Color Chart

There are two distinct skin tones, cool and warm.  I know, you are probably thinking “how do I tell which one I am”?  There is a very simple test.  Take a white piece of fabric or paper and compare it to the underside of your wrist.  Do your veins appear to have a greenish or bluish tone?  Greenish indicates that you are warm toned and bluish that you are cool toned.

Nicole Kidman – Warm Tone

Silver, platinum and white gold jewelry metal compliment cool toned individuals, whereas, gold, brass, copper and pewter jewelry metal look best with warm toned people. Don’t like the metal that looks best with your skin tone?  Don’t fret!  Wear pieces that have a combination of both metal colors in the jewelry design, such as silver and gold.

Demi Moore – Cool Tone

Remember, this is not a ‘law’.  The fashion police are not going to arrest you!  If you find yourself drawn to a particular metal, don’t deprive yourself.  Wear what you love and enjoy!  Just because you are a warm or cool doesn’t mean that you should clear out your jewelry box of all metal jewelry that does not compliment your skin and make a deposit at Goodwill.  Life is way to short!

Here are some famous celebrity ‘cools’.  Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, Elizabeth Taylor, Courtney Cox, Liv Tyler and Shania Twain.  ‘Warms’  include Diane Sawyer, Reba McIntyre, Ellen Degeneres, Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan and Gwyneth Paltrow.