Consulting Petrographer. Globo De Plomo
Co-Author of Mineralogy of Arizona
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When we discovered Nebula Stone in 1994 we sent samples to Dr. Leslie Hale with the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. George with The American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Sid Williams of Globo De Plomo, Dr. Dave Douglas researcher UCLA, Dr. Vergil Leuth with New Mexico School of Mines, Dr. Bruce Geller of Geo Concepts Unlimited Bolder Colorado (Melody's mineralogist) and others. Nebula Stone was analyzed using X-ray Dispersion Analysis (EDX) in a Scanning Electron Microscope (Microprobe/SEM), Polished Section Analysis, XES Elemental Analysis, XES Search (@1/4), Digital Imaging, Photomicrographs, Back-Scattered Electron Detector (BSE), Petrographic Analysis and X-ray Diffraction and the Electron Microprobe.
The Nebula Stone description below is from the World renowned mineralogical Petrologist Dr. Sid Williams.
The technical description of the Nebula Stone may not be much fun to read but at least it would be familiar to a professional geologist if it were in your interest to use it in that manner. In plain English stripped of jargon it means that this stone is a fresh and unusual alkalic volcanic rock composed of the minerals Quartz, Anorthoclase, Riebeckite, Aegirine. Quartz and Anorthoclase form the groundmass of the gem, while Riebeckite and Aegirine are an integral part of the spherulites. The darker matrix is richer in Riebeckite and also contains more Quartz and Anorthoclase. The light green spherules you see in the stone composed of radiating fibers are riebeckite needles mantled with fine grained Aegirine.
This stone evolved from inside the Earth with it's discrete rare combination of minerals cooling and crystallizing forming as a glassy unit that devitrified slowly under quiescent conditions. Spherulitic structures began to develop in the glass by virtue of devitrification while other portions of the glass residium remained slightly mobile, showing streaky structure around those domains in an advanced state of crystallization. Ultimately the glass base also devitrified under static conditions. This has produced a matrix of Quartz and Anorthoclase which occur in complex intergrowth. typically the Anorthoclase is present as slender lath-like crystals or feathery club-shaped prisms (points) floating in an interstitial filigree of Quartz. Within spherulites Anorthoclase is predominant and there is less Quartz for it appears to have segregated from these domains during crystallization."Lying side by side with the anorthoclase laths are slender prisms (points) of Riebeckite which may attain considerable length and yet never exceed 10 or 12u in width. The matrix of the stone contains considerably more clear Quartz-rich vein-forms and in places it has grown nearly at the exclusion of Anorthoclase. However, needles of Riebeckite still lie within these minerals and their common orientation is suggestive of flow banding around spherulites. Granular Aegirine occurs in the matrix where it appears to have replaced or supplanted Riebeckite almost entirely and the largest grains occur in late magmatic vein-forms carrying clear granular Quartz. Aegirine occurs within spherulites and it lies side by side with Riebeckite needles and appears to replace their margins.
What this means is that the minerals were once molten and glass-like but cooled very slowly, allowing the discrete minerals to begin to separate out and crystallize so the final product had lost its glass-like condition. This allowed the green (orbicules or spherulites) to form as the different component minerals cooled and crystallized at various rates.
I have sent a small packet to you under separate cover. It contains the rock sample I borrowed from you, the thin section, and a couple of photomicrographs. Photo (01) shows a partial termination of a quartz crystal and perhaps this is a "point"; I cannot imagine any other definition of the term. Photo (02) - number not visible for some reason - shows a similar situation, although the crystals not so well defined. However, the specimen I borrowed shows numerous terminated quartz prisms in the matrix.
Sincerely Sidney Williams
Globo de Plomo
“It is unlike anything any of us
have ever seen”
“I cannot find anything like it in the literature.”
“This rock is obviously something New or at least Unusual.”
Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences
American Museum of Natural History
"Your specimen is nephrite, a variety of jade. To
this I looked at a thin section. What makes it unusual is the fact
that it has orbicular structure. “Orbicular” implies that the rock
contains “concentric shells of different texture and/or mineralogy
about a central core.”
afterwards by phone they said their conclusion of Nephrite was in
error and then said “We have never seen this type stone and cannot
figure out what it is and where it came from.”
Museum of Natural History
Rock and Ore Collection
"Jadeite, a member of the pyroxene group
has the formula: (NA, AL, FE) SI2 06.
This is a much better fit to your X-ray energy dispersive analysis (EDX) results.
In conclusion I think it is Jadeite, and perhaps the special version Chloromelanite."
Retired mineralogical researcher UCLA.
"It is a fresh and Unusual alkalik volcanic rock predominantly composed of the four minerals Quartz, Anorthoclase, Riebeckite and Aegirine. The light green spherules you see in the stone composed of radiating fibers are Riebeckite needles mantled with fine grained Aegirine. The darker matrix is richer in Riebeckite and also contains more Quartz.”
Dr. Sid Williams
Petrographer. Globo De Plomo
Co-Author of Mineralogy of Arizona
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Every atom in your body is billions of years old. Hydrogen, the most common element in the universe and a major feature of your body, was produced in the big bang 13.7bn years ago. Heavier atoms such as carbon and oxygen were forged in stars between 7bn and 12bn years ago, and blasted across space when the stars exploded. Some of these explosions were so powerful that they also produced the elements heavier than iron, which stars can't construct. This means that the components of your body are truly ancient: You are stardust.
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