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Title: Sardonyx
Medium: Digital Photography
Photographer: Aaron J. Greenblatt
Camera Type: Panasonic DMC-LZ7 Lumix 7.2 MP
Editing: Edited in PhotoShop 7.0 for color accuracy, size, and to apply copyright and border.

Location: Photograph taken at the 49th Annual Gem and Mineral Show held at the American 1 FED, C.U. Event Center - Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson, Michigan on March 18, 2011. Show hosted by the Michigan Gem & Mineral Society of Jackson.

Description: Sitting out in the open in a tray on a dealer's table, were these beautiful white and red/orange/pink tumbled stones of sardonyx - a type of banded agate. Each one was selling for one dollar and most were between one to two inches in width. They were all found somewhere in Africa and did not appear to have been dyed.

The tag included with these pieces read:

      SARDONYX
          Africa

This is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz that has read and white bands. It is a type of onyx and was more valuable at one time than gold. It was one of the stones in the breastplate of the high priest. This is from Africa.

No doubt the "high priest" comment is a Torah reference to Aaron, the brother of Moses, who according to legend became the first high priest of the Israelites. The "breastplate" comment probably refers to the "breastplate of judgment" (from the Hebrew book of Exodus) that was supposedly designed by God himself and that was worn by Aaron.

The breastplate contained upon it twelve stones set in gold that represented the twelve original Jewish/Israelite tribes. Sardonyx is thought by many religious scholars to be one type of those stones, though there is no way to know for absolute certainty. Either way, I think it makes for an interesting myth.

About Onyx/Sardonyx: Onyx is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz (silicon dioxide). It has a texture made up of such tiny crystals that its crystalline nature is only vaguely revealed (even microscopically) in thin section by transmitted polarized light. Onyx is most often formed of bands of chalcedony (a mixture of quartz and mogánite) in alternating colors. Its bands are parallel to one another, as opposed to the more chaotic banding that often occurs in agates. Sardonyx (sometimes called carnelian or carnelian onyx) is a variant in which the colored bands are sard (shades of red) rather than black.

Information Sources:
[link] (wiki - sardonyx)
[link] (wiki - cryptocrystalline)
[link] (mindat - sardonyx)

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ToyPicciK Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
AAAAA

IT'S A PILE OF SHINY, STRIPED, FEEL-FILLED, RARE, BEAUTIFUL GEMSTONES!


Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme xD
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Undistilled Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
:lol:
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fugue-designs Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
A little late, but this photo is still mesmerizing somehow...
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MidnightWhisperer Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Oh dang, I've got a stone looking just like those, but they told me it's carnelian xD
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NocturnalZombi Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Ooooh shiny things~
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Undistilled Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Shiny striped things! :aww:

I just can't get enough of looking at rocks and minerals.
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NocturnalZombi Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Definitely not a bad thing. :)
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Undistilled Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
True, though I may be slightly obsessed. :lol:
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NocturnalZombi Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Heh, well there are worse things to be obsessed with I must say.
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Undistilled Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Again, true.

But you have no idea how many mineral shows I attend a year - which is to say, a lot! :lol:

The world's biggest mineral show is in Tuscon, Arizona in January/February. I think that if I ever went there, I would never leave. Ever! I'd just become a permanent resident of Arizona and that would be it - no one here in Michigan would ever hear from me again! :giggle:
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NocturnalZombi Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Hahaha nice.


Man I haven't been to Michigan in so long it's weird hearing about it.
Arizona is so boring though. In a lot of ways really pretty and awesome...but boring. =P
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Undistilled Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
To be honest, you haven't missed much by not being here - just the continued decline of the state's population and services as people continue to leave. Can't blame them though, there's not a whole lot of good jobs to be found here anymore.

I've never been to Arizona. Considering it's full of awesome rock deposits, I'm pretty sure it'd take me a while to get bored. :nod:
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