Hello, my name's Alison and I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks. I finally got some shots of my stones and crystals to put with my intro post to break up the text. I was first interested in stones during high school, when I thought I might like to be a paleontologist. My mom was a bit of a rockhound in her youth, under the influence of her father, so I come by hobby honestly and genetically.
Now nearly 30, I work in a metaphysical book and gift shop that sells, among the jewelry and incense and books on Buddhism, a number of very nice and affordable (especially with my employee discount) stones and crystals. I get the see the new stuff when it comes in and so get among the first picks. The downside is that just when I think I've collected all the pieces I want, the stone manager and the co-owner come back from a stone buying trip with a load of new, cool shit. What sweet torture! So here then is most of my stone collection. Rather, these are the pieces that I personally have amassed. If I included the ones my mom gave me, there would be many more photos. Perhaps another time. Apologies ahoy for the subpar camera work.
Survey from above in dodgy lighting.
Among them: garnet, calcite (white, blue, green), malachite, fluorite, a dounle-terminated agate wand, coprolite (dino poop!), citrine, quartz (clear, smokey, tourmalinated, rutilated, spirit), amethyst, diamantina laser wands, petrified wood, lapis lazuli, ruby zoisite, carnelian, selenite, lepidolite, bloodstone, picture jasper, pyrite, agate, rainbow obsidian, jade, pietersite, lingham, amber, and chevron amethyst, oh my. ( Here's some more stones, y'all.Collapse )
And the pride of my collection, one of my first and still favorites, a perfectly palm-sized polished piece or that fine feldspar, labradorite. This a shot of the more yellow-gold side, the blue side is less striated and more cloudy but just as lovely.