Spring Sphene

Spring has begrudgingly made its way to my little corner of the world! Central Ontario, where I’m currently living, has experienced a prolonged winter. In fact, it’s sleeting outside right now and it’s pretty darn cold for his time of year. Yet despite this unusual and unsavoury weather, the trees …

“Oh! Paul!”

Opal   Popular Victorian culture was wonderfully sentimental and superstitious, thus perpetuating the idea that being in possession of an Opal causes catastrophic luck. The culprit was Sir Walter Scott’s 1829 “thriller” Anne of Geierstein, in which the lovely Lady Hermione falls to misfortune purportedly by the beautiful Opal hair …

Rock-head

I’m ecstatic to report that I started on the home-stretch of my distance education studies  with Gemological Institute of America (GIA) yesterday! I’m very close to becoming an official, accredited Rock-head! So far, I’ve really enjoyed GIA’s distance ed format–it’s been interesting, informative and everything presented has been done so …

Black as ____.

My first gemology-related post ties in so well with my love of history (!!!)….I first had heard of Jet as a melancholically romantic black-clad teenager reading Shakespeare; “Black, forsooth, coal-black as jet…” and was intrigued by the thought of whatever this mysterious material could be that black itself was likened …