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page 30 of the online mineral museum: a pyramid of lucky stones

2011-08-25 - 8:49 a.m.

© 2011 by elaine radford

I found an old pyramid that once held foofy chocolates, and I decided to fill it with a few of my lucky stones. It looks nice in person in the lighted cabinet, with a mirror behind it to give a view of the stones in back, but it's a bear to photograph. I finally broke down and took a photograph from above, just to create a key to the stones, even though I know that the Smoky Quartz and Landscape Quartz points don't show to best advantage when you're looking down on them.

Also, I would have liked to have included a piece of that old New Orleans luck and gambling stone from the 1800s and maybe the early 1900s, green aventurine, but right now I don't have any the right size. Maybe when I get a right-sized piece cut and polished, I'll put it in place of one of the McDermitt Thundereggs.

I could spin a story or toss out a bit of folklore about each stone, so don't get me started. I'll just say that if a total noob to stone folklore stumbles across these pages, in search of advice of what stones to choose, I'd advise starting the collection with some Arkansas quartz and a bit of lodestone/magnetite. They are inexpensive, with attractive physical properties and structures, and it's surprising how much practical magical folklore is centered around just these two minerals.

Italicized pieces were cut and polished by me personally.

Key to Lucky Stone Pyramid

Apex: Smoky Quartz, Cut and Polished, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Penultimate:

  • Clear Quartz Cluster, Mount Ida, Arkansas
  • Chlorite Included Quartz Cluster, Jessieville, Arkansas
  • Irradiated Smoky Quartz cluster, unknown, but purchased in Arkansas
  • Hand-Cut Heavily Chlorite Included "Landscape" Quartz, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Step Up:

  • Moldavite, natural teardrop, Czech Republic
  • Pink Garnet (?) crystal, details unknown
  • McDermitt Ranch Thunderegg, hand polished, Oregon/Nevada border
  • Hematite-Coated Double-Terminated Quartz crystal, locality information misplaced
  • Red Horn Coral, Hand polished, Utah
  • Tumble Polished Carnelian, locality unknown
  • McDermitt Ranch Thunderegg, hand polished
  • Insect and Bubble Included Amber, hand polished, Dominican Republic

Floor:

  • Several heavily included cut Emeralds, Colombia
  • Malachite cabochon triangle, Zaire
  • Magnetite crystal, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Natural Star Ruby crystal polished on either end, Pakistan
  • Laguna Agate, Mexico "thumbprint"
  • Cat's Eye Green Tourmaline cabochon, Brazil
  • Green Amber
  • Bloodstones, cab and tumble polished pebble, India
  • Rhodochrosite, hand polished, Argentina
  • Petrified Palmwood cabochon, Texas or Louisiana
  • Watermelon Tourmaline slice, Brazil
  • Pink, red, and hematite marked Mexican Crazy Lace Agate cabochon

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