Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fluorite

Text from Emily Gems

Formerly called fluorspar, fluorite has a wide range of colors including yellow, blue, pink purple and green. It is an interesting and beautiful stone because often more than one color occurs in a single stone. The ancient Egyptians used flourite to carve statues and scarabs, the Chinese have used it in carvings for over 300 years. In the 18th century, fluorite was powdered in water to relieve the symptoms of kidney disease. Continue reading

Latest trip to the bead store

After eating at one of our favorite restaurants in the Round Rock area a couple of months ago, Ree and I found a bead wholesaler hidden away in a strip mall right next door called Intrinsic Trading. We decided to stop in and take a look at it, since both of us are drawn to beads like moths to flames… and we certainly weren’t disappointed. Well, not unless you consider we both wished we had unlimited funds to draw from for a shopping trip in this place. From the outside, it doesn’t look like much… but once you step through the door… it is wall to wall findings and beads. Continue reading