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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:15 am 
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Is that normal?...
I think we got ripped off... :(
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Thoughts anyone?...
it was very easy to break...


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:51 pm 
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Yes that is normal. Impure sapphire has, among other things, significant amounts of the mineral boehmite (a form of aluminum hydroxide) crystallized along twinning planes. The result is a few directions of parting that act like cleavage planes.

That said, it does look less sapphirey from this angle.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:19 pm 
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Stephen Challener wrote:
Yes that is normal. Impure sapphire has, among other things, significant amounts of the mineral boehmite (a form of aluminum hydroxide) crystallized along twinning planes. The result is a few directions of parting that act like cleavage planes.

That said, it does look less sapphirey from this angle.


Thank you :)
the seller said it's a "Silver Star" sapphire.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:29 pm 
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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
But do you like it as a specimen, Stephen, or would you break it up and cab some?

I'd definitely put it on my specimen shelf.


So, I took this little piece off from the big chunk and gave it a basic polish for fun...
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What do you think?
is this considered as Opaque?...
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To me this is considered as uninteresting.
The seller called it "silver star". He did a good job of a seller. :lol:


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Isi wrote:
To me this is considered as uninteresting.
The seller called it "silver star". He did a good job of a seller. :lol:


well than...


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Isi wrote:
To me this is considered as uninteresting.
The seller called it "silver star". He did a good job of a seller. :lol:


I Completely Agree...


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That makes at least 3 of us Solomon.


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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
That makes at least 3 of us Solomon.


I'll tell you more than that.
if yesterday it was worth at least as a big specimen, today its broken to pieces and doesn't worth anything... =D>


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Solomon wrote:
Barbra Voltaire wrote:
That makes at least 3 of us Solomon.


I'll tell you more than that.
if yesterday it was worth at least as a big specimen, today its broken to pieces and doesn't worth anything... =D>


if the hammer separate all the soft minerals surrounding the sapphire,we didn't do any damage by seperate them, right? :oops:


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Wrong.


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Hammers care nought for hardness. In gem terminology hammer resistance is referred to as 'toughness'. Diamond is very hard, defining 10 on the scale but is brittle, so smashing it isnt too difficult. Nephrite is only a 6 but you will break your hammer on it.

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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
Wrong.


What she said


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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
Wrong.


well that's a shame ](*,) ](*,)

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At least now you have a unique floor covering for your next few terrariums.
They will make lovely gifts.
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Actually, that's not a bad idea. I bet most anyone would love a conversation piece like this on their coffee table...maybe even Solomon.


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