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  • This is one amazing fella. They call him Rainbow Siltstone.

    Apparently only one location has been found where this type of inclusion occurs in feldspar, associated with siltstone.

    I've just spoken on the phone to the fella (in Katherine) who most probably found it 35 years ago.
    He is an expert and he is not aware of any other locations where it has been found,
    though recognises there could have been, without his knowledge, and that there would be more sites worth exploring. All web searches lead back to him. So I feel it's a very probable that he is the only one to have discovered it so far, otherwise there would be more web listings for this rare stone.
    The exact location of the find is kept a secret. The rough location, as stated on his website, is on Newry Station, near the WA and NT border. Cattle Stations are huge. Needle in a Cosmos job.

    I purchased this specimen from a vendor in Alice Springs a couple of days before I met Roo, Dingo and Eagle.
    This specimen was not on display.
    After some lengthy chatting to the vendor and him realising that I really knew my rocks and minerals, he says, "Maybe you'd like to see this", and brings out a few pieces from under his register.
    He told me he doesn't show those samples to just anyone.

    I don't like to buy gems and rocks, feeling they are best left in nature, but occasionally I do so, as they inspire me so. Those inspirations sit around me when I do my art.
    Upon seeing this GEM I added it to my inspirational collection.

    As you turn the piece in bright sunlight it flashes different colours from those inclusions.
    Very difficult to photograph without excessive flare whiting out the whole surface.
    Only one angle I could find where it was possible to capture some colour with no flare using my lovely toy camera.

    Alas, Restricted to dedicating to one person.
    Principally to Kiki and her magical use of colour,
    and to Barbara Shipka for her amazing use of symbols and work with GEMS
    Though, it is for everyone, as I see the beauty of colour in your words.
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