The Septarian Nodule beads were formed between 50 to 70 million years ago. As a result of volcanic eruptions, dead sea life was chemically attracted to the sediment around them, forming mud balls. As the ocean receded, the balls dried and cracked. Due to their bentonite content they also shrank in size, creating the cracks inside. As decomposed shells seeped down into the cracks in the mud balls, calcite crystals formed. The outer thin walls of calcite then transformed into aragonite.
The name Septarian comes from the Latin word "septem", meaning seven, because the mud balls had a tendency to crack in 7 points in every direction, thereby creating the distinctive pattern these nodules exhibit. Septarians are composed of Calcite (The Yellow Centres), Aragonite (The Brown Lines), and the outer grey rock is Limestone.
Jet is not actually a stone but the fossilised remains of the water logged monkey puzzle tree and occurs in black or dark brown and is a variety of coal known as lignite with the finest jet coming from England.
Jet has a long history of use with Jet jewellery being produced in Britain as long ago as 1500 B.C. and the ancient Romans importing Jet jewellery made in York. Jet carvings were also used as talismans and for mourning in 14th and 15th century Spain.
Diamond has many unequaled qualities and is very unique among minerals.
It is the hardest known substance being a 10 on the Mohs scale, and is 40 times harder than Corundum, which is number 9 on the Mohs scale.
It is the greatest conductor of heat, it has the highest melting point of any substance (7362° F/4090° C). Because of heat conduction, Diamonds are cold to the feel at or below room temperature. When heated, a Diamond will remain hot long after the heat source is removed.
A Diamond has the highest refractive index of any natural mineral. It also has the most dense atomical configuration of any mineral, and is transparent over the greatest number of wavelengths.
Larimar is a rare blue variety of Pectolite, Larimar is found only in the Dominican Republic and is also known as the Dolphin Stone, Blue Pectolite, Atlantis Stone, and Stefilia's Stone. Originally discovered in 1916, it was named by the Dominican who re-discovered it in 1974, taking the first letters of his daughter's name, Larissa, and the Spanish word for the sea, mar, to create Larimar.
The more intense the blue and contrast within the stone, the rarer and higher its value. Also the blue is photosensitive and may fade over time if exposed to too much light or heat.
As some of its other names suggest Larimar is said to bring the ancient wisdom of Atlantis and the healing power of dolphins to harmonise the body and soul. Larimar with its soft blues and calming turquoise, streaked with white is the embodiment of the tranquil Sea and Sky energies.
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