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 Post subject: Re: riddle: mysterious gem
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:14 pm 
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Really stretching - Ringwoodite.

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I believe ringwoodite is blue.

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lady in blue - virgin Mary?

Other than that... dunno.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:49 pm 
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It's not ringwoodite.

The lady thing is actually a riddle inside the riddle. Here's a part of what the poem is saying:

...the night,
from the depth of which
the lady in blue
reminds me of a god...

doesn't that make you think of something? that lady is...


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 Post subject: Re: Riddle of the obscure gem
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:05 pm 
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I suppose it is supposed to be a star, a planet or the moon.

But...
none of the planets are really blue. (Mars is distinctly red).

Venus is the only planet that comes to mind that is named after a goddess.
Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were all gods.
The Moon has a man in it, but Diana is the goddess of the moon.
I guess also Selene. But Selenite is very much NOT black.

And moonstone is definitely NOT black.
Rigel is a blue giant, but that doesn't help as "Rigel" is not a goddess

Nope. Not getting it.


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How about black pearl?


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 Post subject: Re: Riddle of the obscure gem
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:20 pm 
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it's not pearl.

Anyway, you almost got it dchallener...remember there are 8 planets!


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I'm felling something about Neptune.
Neptunite...... wife: Salacia :?


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ill take a stab at it........neptunite?

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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
I'm felling something about Neptune.
Neptunite...... wife: Salacia :?

looks like Barbara and I are on the same page.....she just a bit quicker than I.

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Nathan, we may be astral twins. :D


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seems to be the only explanation... :wink:

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HELL YES!

Congratulations to dchallener, barbra and nathan for solving the riddle!

I (neptunite) am as dark as the night (deep black),
from the depth of which (night)
the lady in blue (neptune) reminds me
of a god (neptune) that binds us both (by his name)

Indeed, planets are named after gods, and for its characteristic blue color, neptune was named after the roman god of the sea...from the depth of the night the lady in blue reminds me of a god...

Neptunite is occasionally cut as a gem:
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Neptunite is well known of minerals collectors as one of the most aesthetic black minerals around, and for beautiful associations with benitoite:

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hey everyone!
i got it.
it's neptunite!


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Neptunite isn't really black, though--it's a very dark red. You get red flashes from surface fractures in a typical specimen.

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