Red Beryl var. Bixbite a rare form of Beryl(Red Emerald)
Thomas Range, Utah
Rare polished transparent Ethiopian Opal!
A Tiffany craftsman checks the size accuracy of a metal bow for a brooch against an original sketch. Tomorrow, we’ll share another look at the journey of this Tiffany jewel.
Images must be woven together from the incoming data from the cameras, cleaned up and given colors that bring out features that eyes would otherwise miss. In this video from HubbleSite, a Hubble-imaged galaxy comes together on the screen.
They’re not just ‘pretty space pics’ there is a lot of work going on before the end result. And this is an idea of how it happens.
Top: Process sketch, peacock brooch.
Bottom: Glass peacock brooch. Rene Lalique (1860-1945). Ca. 1902-1903.Gold, enamel, glass, diamonds, white sapphires. 5.5cm. First posted here.
Process sketches are amazing. They allow us to see into the artist’s mind, to see the small changes and the evolution of a piece. Note the addition of leaves.
Macros of a Mexican Fire Opal! Very cool :D
Opalized wood from Virgin Valley, Nevada.
The layered opalized wood structure (brown) contains “easter eggs” (3-5 mm) of fire opal that are open-space fillings of pipe-like vessels (seen in cross section) known as xylem that serve as avenues of water transport from roots to leaves.
Amazing combination of Orange Creedite and Blue-Green Fluorite crystals