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 Post subject: Re: Riddle of the keeper stone
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:48 am 
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Rotation keeps us in cycle
exactly! ...and what literally keeps future into a cycle is...you're very close to the answer

ps: neither can I sleep anymore until someone will solve this hahaha


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quartz ?
(time and memories?)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:18 pm 
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As day cycles to night Rubellite is said to improve in color from daylight to evening light.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:22 pm 
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and...we have a winner! Well done marcm, the answer to my riddle is indeed quartz =D>

and let's give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, Stephen Challener had it too.


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Riddle of the keeper stone:

I am many, dragging the past along in our fall,
I am one, keeping future into a cycle.

Who am I?
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The main theme of the riddle was time (as past and future), and there were two clues which would allow you to guess the related mineral:

Let's start with the easy clue: what keeps future into a cycle?

->there's a very simple thing from your everyday life which literally does that and only that...it's called a clock! (you bunch of turnips)

Once you had resolved the clue about the clock, you should already have a strong feeling about quartz, but the other part of the riddle was here to confirm it if you still had any doubts:

what drags the past along in its fall?

->this one was a bit less obvious, but with time in mind, you could guess: sand in a hourglass

So the 'keeper stone' is quartz, which in both cases is the "keeper of time".

As many grains inside the hourglass, and as one crystal in a quartz clock (thanks to its piezoelectric properties), hence the 'many' versus 'one' trick.

Et voila. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:55 pm 
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I think the answer was more poetic than obvious.
But really poetic ! :smt086

Could have been ruby too, because they do put rubies in watches (not in hourglasses, though !)


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:idea: OMG....I would have never been poetic enough to get that.

But, I just had an idea......hourglasses with gem sand. Finally a use for all those horrid red opaque rubies....grind them into a sand for an hourglass.

What a great gift.


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Well, now I get it too.

=D>


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I would have never been poetic enough to get that.

well Barbra, I think you were actually close to resolving the clock clue (your idea of moon phases cycle was very close to it, conceptually).


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:34 am 
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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
Finally a use for all those horrid red opaque rubies....grind them into a sand for an hourglass.


The trouble might be, the ruby sand would scratch fastly the hourglass inside !


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Smarty, smarty...quite right Isi/


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You could tumble the grains a bit to remove sharp edges. That would probably make it last longer and flow better.

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I propose that we launch the product "Precious Gem Hourglass", market it strongly ( "because your time is precious..." ) and share the profits between the GO members ! :smt092


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Isi wrote:
I propose that we launch the product "Precious Gem Hourglass", market it strongly ( "because your time is precious..." ) and share the profits between the GO members ! :smt092



Tiny Hauyne would be nice and possible.

Gold, rock crystal and vivid blue hauyne..

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to illustrate the topic:
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'hourglass' quartz with amethyst zoning from morocco (pictures from Fabre minerals)


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Oh, that amethyst is precious.

I want a "Time is Precious" hourglass. =D> =D> =D>


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