School girl in Panajachel, Guatemala, selling fabrics. She says "Why don't you buy my stuff?" I gave her a little Australian flag.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Gemstones of Mexico and Guatemala

Mexico is famous for is "Fire Opal", which is a type of opal rarely found in Australia. It is defined as a transp[arent to translucent stone with an orange to red body color which may or may not show a play of color....

Mexican and Guatemalan jade is the variety jadeite, which is the pyroxene of ideal composition NaAlSi2O6. It was extensively used in Pre-Hispanic times by the Indians for carving into works of art e.g., figurines, beads, pendants and mosaic masks, which were owned by priests and royalty.....

Amber is the fossilized resin originating from pine trees. It is found as transparent lumps, of yellow to red color, in Tertiary Age sediments of shallow water origin.
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