Regular readers of my blog will have realised that I like to collect things. My interests range from antique books and porcelain dolls, to beaded animals, African art, children’s books and rag dolls. You didn’t know, however, that I also like rocks, fossils and shells.
Pyrite Suns are found in coal mines, near Sparta, Illinois (USA) at the 300-foot level in a very narrow seam laying on top of the coal. Miners in four mines bring them out in their lunch buckets, thus preserving what would otherwise be destroyed. Surrounded by black slate, a very difficult cleaning process unveils their hidden natural beauty. Dating in age to 350 million years old, one of the present theories of origin is a pyritized fossil replacement. Their natural beauty and shape makes them perfect for a variety of uses such as clock faces and jewellery. Quote from African Gems and Minerals
Charli Mills from Carrot Ranch has challenged us to write about crystalline in exactly 99 words. Here is my little attempt:
The elderly vendor, his small stall heaped with colourful rocks of all shapes and sizes, smiled. He was delighted by the boys interest in his wares and was happy to let them examine the rocks they showed interest in. Willy liked the crystalline formations. Craig, of course, was always fascinated by the unusual and he was entranced by the Pyrite Sun. He held it up and it glinted in the sunlight. Mom looked on with pleasure. She knew that this would result in her having to buy both boys the rock of their choice but their enthusiasm pleased her.
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town