Thursday, 8 July 2010

Gem Mineral Found on the Moon

Life has been hectic with children on holidays but relatively quiet on the jewellery scene - because of the children! We're still in the midst of a cold snap and the sunshine is watery at best. Good weather for reading a book near the fire!

To break up the monotony (hardly!) of the term break, I have a show on Sunday at the new Mudgee Upmarket, held quarterly at the Fairview Artspace. It will be my first outing there and I'm looking forward to it.

Even though I haven't had much time to play at my bench, I'm always on the lookout for new information on gemstones. And I was fascinated to read a report earlier this week that mentioned the mineral olivine - of which peridot (pictured above) is the gem member of the family - has been recently identified on the moon in a large impact basin. Amazingly, I went on to read, abundant quantities of olivine have been found on Mars and that olivine is also a constituent of comet dust. Olivine as well as peridot itself has been found in meteorites too!

I've never really thought of gems being found on other planets but if you let your imagination go, you can't but help consider the amazing and wonderful possibilities of new gems on new worlds! I'm imagining stunning colours, colour-change stones, incredible patterns... how about you!?


Le said...

hello there - I love peridot - I have a single stone rub over ring my man boy gave me on my fourieth - hope this show is more fun and worth the effort .... thanks for stopping by the third - we will almost be neighbours soon :) le xoxo

ChezChani said...

Well they need to bring some back. I'd love a real moon ring.

BTW it's 108 here and miserable.

Mandee said...

Wow, what neat info you have found out! The thought of walking onto another planet with big chunks of beautiful gems all over the place is quite appealing! :)

I really like the color of the necklace above. Had you explained it to me I might have turned my nose up, but seeing it with my own eyes it is very beautiful. :)

Your Cheeky Monkey said...

So interesting Annette!! Love all the bits and pieces you find out :)

GottaLoveMom said...

These are alien gems? wow!!
You have great eyes for unique jewelry!
Take care :)

Veronica Lee said...

I would love a moon necklace!!

It's been raining quite often here and I'm enjoying the cool weather.

Have a nice day, Annette.

Cate said...

Another cool post, Annette!! I am going to write you a private message so be on the look out for it.

Millie said...

I have my Mum's beautiful necklace from her wedding day - she always called the milky oval gem a Moonstone. You may be able to put me right with the correct name Annette, but I love it's connnection with the solar system.
Millie ^_^


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