01-31- Fluorite #3.

Fluorite reflects light from everywhere. In this sketch, I centered the design of its beautiful geometrical symmetry around a hole-centered inclusion – a lost electron liberated by irradiation – that defines its color spectrum -. Gemdat.org gave me the idea for it. Nature is truly amazing!

Database resource by S. Speziale S & T. Duffy.



01-29- Fluorite #1.

This week’s mineral is going to be Fluorite. Fluorite is colorless, soft, and almost translucent. The rainbow color associated with it come from inclusions trapped in the crystal. Its atoms create simple, beautiful symmetrical patterns. After a week reorganizing the frantic chaos of Jade atoms, lines, and edges, this week will be all color and transparencies.

Some say this crystal relates to mental order and clarity and convey calm, and stable frequencies. Fluorite has been known since antiquity. In China, purple Fluorite was supposed to give protection against evil spirits, its clusters were considered to be “dream makers.” The Romans believed drinking from a vessel made of Fluorite would prevent a person from becoming intoxicated. I’ll let this week’s colors and patterns be the judge of that!



01-28- Jadeite #7.

Last day for the Jadeite. Even the atoms look like they want to run away from their cell – i.e. the large structure in the background. I can’t blame them wanting to escape their cramped little unit structure. I kept their [flying] order and their positioning in respect of each other as defined in scientific diagrams. Like a flight of birds, there is beauty in mysterious patterns larger than us.

The 3 forefront spheres are here for an esthetic purpose. Art too has its own metrics.

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01-27- Jadeite #6.

I reduced the number of lattices to 10-5-10. That’s still a lot of atoms in that plate. Which brings a Feng Shui dilemma  – how do you best position a jadeite cell structure within a self-contained,  circular environment?

From an experiment on a single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of jadeite by A. McCarthy, R. Downs, and R. Thompson.

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01-26 – Jadeite #5.

I am not a trained scientist but I suspect one of the reasons why Jade is so hard – there are too many atoms per cell! They all seem to frantically bounce against each other and fight to escape the pressure!

As a designer – the more lines, the more difficult it is to find a common thread for a single, unified statement – yet it’s doable I guess. My admiration goes to the artists and sculptors that carve those beautiful polished glowing objects!

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01-25. Jadeite #4.

A Jadeite cell is a very intimidating structure ( background). It also can be minimal (foreground) – or playful (lower right).  The essence of the crystal is hiding somewhere between these lattices. How amazing the icy, polished outcome jewelers, sculptors, and artists can bring out of it!

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