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 MY CUSTOM STONE CRUSHER

 

 

 

 

 

MY TOOL

 

 

For over nine years I tried to crush gemstones by various methods.  I lost many, got hit in the face many times, essentially I would consider it a very dangerous job!  Round stones become projectiles…believe me!

So I see a man on Ebay who sells gold mining tools and think:  “Wow, he might be able to design me a tool.”  The tools he was selling were far too big to crush a carat stone.  I wrote him, told him what I needed, the specifics and he made the tool by welding it, and shipped it while the metal was still hot!  He was truly what you call a “God-send”.

The tool was designed to fit flush internally with the inner base in order not to get small pieces of stones trapped in any fissure lines.  He dropped hot metal (steel) into the barrel and quickly brushed it with a steel brush to make it shiny, smooth inside.

This device is heavy, I thought it might break my scanner glass so I placed it in two scans below.  The plunger (I call it) is solid steel with a welded pipe vertically and a hollow handle welded horizontally.  It is a very powerful tool!  I destroyed some quartz (as practice pieces) in the beginning until I got the exact range to smash the stones.

The main thing I learned about using this tool is that although you are smashing very valuable stones and breaking them into shards, you still need to be gentle and respectful or when you lift the plunger, you may be left with colorless white powder!  It is also great for anger management issues~!

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CHALCEDONY

THE THIRD FOUNDATION IN THE NEW CITY SCENE VII

Chalcedony is a quartz, specifically a microcrystalline (the crystals are too small to be seen by any other means other than high magnification) quartz.  Named after the ancient seaport of Chalcedon in Turkey or Greece (I will research more into the origin and edit appropriately).  It is usually sold as Chalcedony if translucency is visible and of a single color.  Other microcrystalline sold under various names which do not meet the before stated criteria.  Visually Chalcedony is the finer specimen.  An example stone not meeting the criteria is Jasper; a close relative, (please see the blog on Quartz).

 Chalcedony comes in a variety of colors and is most known for its sky blue.  Initially a far better stone in the 12 foundations to illuminate the heavenly blue skies I imagined.  Upon soliciting stones from all over the world, it was the blue which I requested unknowing then, it was the wrong color.  My collection of carat weight Chalcedony in rough and faceted form is vast in the blue colors.

I only found within the last year that it was the red I needed for accuracy in the mystery I have uncovered about the foundation stones which have been missed throughout all time!  Translucent red chalcedony; otherwise known as Carnelian, owes its red to color to hematite (iron oxide).

 

RED CHALCEDONY

 
Chalcedony has been used as an ornamental throughout time all over the world in carvings and jewelry and is known by several names including:  Agate, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Onyx, Sardonyx, Plasma, Sard, among other names.  Interestingly enough several of these stones are mentioned within the 12 foundations of the New City.  Many of the stones are related, or very closely related in fact.
 
Chalcedony is said to aid in prevention and curing of melancholy and driving away evil spirits, and a preventive of danger during sinister events.  It is known as an antinflamatory, lowers fever, helps the eyes, eliminates fluid retention, decreases blood pressure, helps the body with changes in temperature.
 
 Chalcedony is found worldwide but main sources are:  U.S., Brazil, Madagascar, India, and Uruguay.  Chalcedony is one of the earliest materials used by humans; flint is a form of chalcedony, and these hard stones were made into weapons and tools.  Hot wax does not stick to chalcedony, so seals were made of it in ancient times.
 
 

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