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All That Glitters Isn't Gold!

Although this old adage is intended as a warning, I take it as an invitation to explore. After all, Gold isn't the only beautiful thing in the world, is it?

Can you find the beauty in Botswana Agate, in African Turquoise, in Picasso Jasper? I can. And I don't think their beauty is inferior to anything.  No offense to the shiny people, but I think some stones and metals get great press, mostly because they're, you know, Shiny. I dislike the class system in gemstones and metals, much as I dislike it in people. I'll decide what's precious to me, and value it for what it is, not what it isn't.

Just listen to their names. Go ahead. Pronounce them on the tip of your tongue. Roll the sound around in your mouth. Feel the syllables vibrate in your toes, and listen.

Kambala Jasper, Rose Quartz, Unakite.  Amazonite, Aventurine, Purple Mountain  Jade.  Naodelite, Fluorite, India Agate, Citrine. Autumn Jasper, Cherry Quartz, Banded Oak Agate. Opal, Blood Stone, Australian …