NEW Dakota Stones 8" stone strands released this week! The first on the list is Wood Opalite. It is made from fossilized trees that are hundreds of millions of years old and you can read all about this fascinating petrified stone below.
The second new release, which we are extra excited about, is matte Red and Hessonite Garnets. Why all the excitement, you ask? We've searched the internet far and wide for others offering garnet in a matte finish and can't find it anywhere, thus, we are claiming it as our own creation! High-fives all around!
These matte Garnets are extraordinary in appearance and still have that great weight that only designing with precious gems can provide. Your customers will feel extra special wearing these amazing specimens.
ds Matte Green Aventurine
Top quality Green Aventurine is our last new release this week. We bring this to you in polished and matte finishes. The shade of green in this 100% natural material truly emits tranquility when you stare into it. It's amazing and perfect for making malas, as Aventurine is said to help cultivate perception in the wearer. Of course, in my world, I'm thinking it's perfect for St. Patty's Day and The Masters golf tournament where it will complement the winners green jacket!
Wood Opalite is a form of petrified wood. It is a member of quartz family. The name petrified wood comes from the Greek word petro meaning rock or stone; literally wood turned into stone. The petrified wood is a result of a tree having turned completely into a stone by the process of permineralization. During this process all the organic parts have been replaced by minerals such as silicate or quartz, but they still manage to keep the structure of the wood. This process happens when wood gets buried underground. The lack of oxygen stops the organic matter from decomposition. When the water which is rich in minerals goes through these organic parts, it causes the decay of the plant, deposits the minerals that are in the water and they create a stone in its place. Often the material used is hundreds of millions of years old.
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives. All species of garnets possess similar physical properties and crystal forms, but differ in chemical composition.
The different species are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular (varieties of which are hessonite or cinnamon-stone and tsavorite), uvarovite and andradite.
The term Garnet comes from the 14th Century English word gernet meaning dark red.
Aventurine is a form of quartz, characterized by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed aventurescence.
The most common color of aventurine is green, but it may also be orange, brown, yellow, blue, or gray. Chrome-bearing fuchsite (a variety of muscovite mica) is the classic inclusion, and gives a silvery green or blue sheen. Oranges and browns are attributed to hematite or goethite.
Because aventurine is a rock, its physical properties vary: its specific gravity may lie between 2.64-2.69 and its hardness is somewhat lower than single-crystal quartz at around 6.5.