This listing details a beautiful saffordite cintamani stone directly from the senora desert in arizona. This series is a lovely selection of specimens. They are translucent, slightly weathered exterior quality gems.
Their skins often show just remnants of the pitting and grooves- worn down slightly from the desert sand, wind, and rain. Some also show mineralization and lichen on their exteriors. These amazing stones appear black to smokey burgundy unless held to light. The color of each varies depending on light source, but most display a smokey lavender to amber hue.These stones are perfect for grids, displays, medicine bags, meditation, reki, and more. There is a 1cm cube in the last photo for more size reference; however, please reach out if you have any questions on the specifics of a piece. The origins of this arizona desert glass are still being debated. Some view these as tektites. Others theorize they are the most ancient remnants of terrestrial obsidian from lava flows or'grandfather volcanoes'. The community all agree however, that it is some of the oldest natural glass remaining on the planet (some estimate 35 million years old).
They exhibit many of the characteristics know to tektites and even appear to have lechatelierite deposits as well. We continue to research these amazing stones to learn more about their storied past. Regardless of their origin they are both beautiful, mysterious, and rare.They capture and play with light like no other stone, and truly have a unique energy of their own- beautiful, intriguing, and ancient. Weight- 17.3 grams or 86.5 carats. All photographs for translucency are taken with a bright led back-light. The cube in the last photograph is 1cm for scale.
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