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#49067 - 11/29/01 07:05 PM Rocks in our heads
Jackie Offline

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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11613
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Helen's post in the other thread gave me an idea: we could label ourselves as whatever kind of mineral, gemstone, or jewel we think we are, and say why. Stales, I'd be particularly interested in yours; yours and our beloved Chief's (hint!). Duplicates will be fine, because the reasons won't be the same.
I'll start, by saying that I am like mica--and no, I am not a flake! I am fairly easy to see through; not especially hard; and I lose pieces of myself very readily, some of which are taken away with great care, and some of which are dropped on the hard, cold ground.

#49068 - 11/29/01 07:39 PM Re: Rocks in our heads
consuelo Offline
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Registered: 06/11/01
Posts: 2636
Loc: Caribbean
This reminds me of a Christmas present my daughter gave me a few years ago. My son asked her what she was giving me and she replied "A box of rocks." to which my son said "I get it. They're to replace the ones that have fallen out of her head!" Actually, they were very nice geode bookends.
I would say opal best describes me. The white ones. Can't see through them, but you know what they are. Sometimes I flash in blues and greens, sometimes in reds and pinks. I am soft, I need to be kept well-oiled and can get crazed if I don't take care!

#49069 - 11/29/01 08:06 PM Re: Rocks in our heads
GallantTed Offline

Registered: 11/07/01
Posts: 273
Loc: Ireland
Grate idea Jackie!

I'd be many diffrant things at diffrant times but always like the mineral Coca-Cola cos I'm the REAL THING.

Mind ya, Goldilocks always sez that I'm like a pebble in her shoe - whatever that means.

#49070 - 11/30/01 01:01 AM Re: Rocks in our heads
stales Offline
old hand

Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
thinking, thinking, thinking .....


#49071 - 11/30/01 01:26 AM Re: Rocks in our heads
ladymoon Offline

Registered: 01/07/01
Posts: 137
Loc: Usually the western United Sta...
I'm a pearl. I'm very beautiful but I got something in me that irritates the heck out of someone.

#49072 - 11/30/01 04:57 AM Re: Rocks in our heads
Wordwind Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 6296
Loc: Piedmont Region of Virginia, U...
I'm a ruby: "They say, Ruby you're like a flame, into my heart you came...."

(Rhuby: Don't mean to rain on your parade! I just love the song....)

Best regards,

#49073 - 11/30/01 05:24 AM Re: Rocks in our heads
stales Offline
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Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
OK - it was going to be either Fluorite or Quartz for many of the same reasons - but I've settled on Quartz.

And the reasons...

Above all, Quartz is simple and common. (I tend towards VERY common when I've been around drillers for too long!)

Quartz is hard (7 on Moh's scale) but brittle. It can thus be scratched by harder minerals but, strike it hard and it will fracture.

When fractured, Quartz displays a complex pattern on its surface.

Quartz dsiplays triboluminescence - that is, it sparks orange or yellow when struck.

It is a popular mineral and has a variety of uses. To some it is a gem, to others it finds use as a semi precious stone and to yet others, it is useful in industrial applications. Very few people however have little use for it.

Although presenting itself in one seemingly simple form (hexagonal), in actual fact Quartz's crystal structure is extremely complicated.

Whilst it has a variety of forms and colours, Quartz is generally transparent. A good honest sort of mineral you could say.


#49074 - 11/30/01 07:03 AM Re: Rocks in our heads
milum Offline
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Registered: 09/03/01
Posts: 872
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
Ooh Jackie, if you are a caver, (I am) talk about rocks makes you feel romantic and makes you want to burst out in song...
Big Joe Turner, Rocks in my Bed, 1953.
"...I'm underloved, I'm overfed, my gals gone, so instead, I got Rocks in my bed."
Note to Ruby: Don't take your love to town.
Note to Pearl: Yes, you are beautiful and the fact that you know it irritates us all.
Me: I am one of the two incarnations of limestone; Either limestone that has metamorphisized into the purest form of desirable marble, or limestone that has weathered into the basest of materials- Chert, which rymes with dirt, that stands for...Pool?
NO WAIT! I got carried away. Put me down for "Helictite" Yes, thats me, a helictite.

#49075 - 11/30/01 11:10 AM Re: Rocks in our heads
Faldage Offline
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Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803

When you first pull me out of the ground you can easily make a pipe out of me but after being exposed to the air for a while I become difficult to carve.

#49076 - 11/30/01 01:19 PM Re: Rocks in our heads
of troy Offline
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Registered: 10/17/00
Posts: 5400
Loc: rego park
thank you jackie-- another thing about Mica-- one variety is called issenglass-- and used to make "window's" on franklin stoves.. Mica is a good fire wall.. Lets throught the warms, but keeps the flames at bay.. you are one of the warmest people here, so there is an other way that you are like mica. Mica can take a lot of heat.. and still be okay, and mica tempers hot flames, but let through the warmth!

diamonds are good for me, since i can be very hard-- and diamonds can sparkle, even when they are flawed..(and diamonds are often flawed) i have some surprizing attributes too, diamond fluoresce.. (change color when exposed to different frequencies of light.) in ordinary light, i might seem clear, or almost clear.. but under special lighting, i can be orange.. or blue! I am not always what you expect... I can be lowly grit, and not much more than an tool for shaping things. or i can be a precious jewel!

my other obsession

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