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Gemstone and mineral stamps / 3

These beautiful stamps come all the way from Russia. Look at that malachite!

Source: mineralstamps.com – *composites made by me

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Gemstone and mineral stamps / 1

I’ve been obsessed with finding cool images for my tumblr blog lately, and in doing so have sort of gone down the rabbit hole of image collecting and reposting. Which is how I found these images you see below. I love stamps, assorted printed goods, and getting mail, so combining these with minerals and gemstones just about blows the top of my head off.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. I will be posting them in small groups for the sake of making them last and savoring them a bit more.

There’s a bunch more to share from this particular group, but the line drawings are so good I had to leave them large to appreciate them better. Here we have Amethyst and Peridot (aka Olivine).

Source: mineralstamps.com – *composites made by me

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In Brazil

Update, part 2. I went to Brazil with my family. Loved it. I didn’t buy as many gemstones as I would have liked (I imagined I’d find a giant warehouse / market / street fair with stones everywhere, and me leaving with two full suitcases, but that wasn’t the case), but Rio de Janeiro is more beautiful than I could have imagined so I let that expectation go. We did go to a couple of small gemstone museums / jewelry stores, and they had great examples of rough, award-winning specimens, and a large selection of stuff for sale (but more on that in a later post).

Quick stop in Panama City.

Quartz display.

View from the hotel.

Theater in downtown Rio, so pretty.

Cathedral that changes colors, amazing.

The imposing Cristo Redentor statue in Corcovado. 39.6 meters tall, atop a 700 meter mountain.

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Gemstone boxes

Love these boxes by famed interior designer Kelly Wearstler, from her collection of home goods for Bergdorf Goodman.

[Ignoring the fact that gemologists aren’t supposed to ID any stones by appearance only] I spy some smoky quartz, howlite (maybe), and hematite on the box on the left, and some jasper, serpentine (maybe), malaquite and who am I kidding, can’t remember any more of the green section (worst one by the way).

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