When I first started selling stones here on Etsy, it was to destash my collection. I'd collected baskets and drawers of beautiful stones, with the idea of learning to make jewelry one day. But they sat around in those drawers and baskets, and I felt guilty just hoarding them, so I listed a few. They sold out quickly, and I decided that I would go out and buy more, and see how that went. And that's how I became a stone-seller. I love the search, and the joy of discovering a beautiful stone - guilt-free - and then passing it on to someone who will love it *and* use it. I may have acquired a few more stones myself, in the process, so it didn't work out entirely as planned.
I'm not sure what it was about this stone that drew my attention - maybe it was the tight palette of whites and beiges. The graceful bands and the pattern they make across the face. But I picked it up and brought it here, in hopes that it turns out to be just what someone, somewhere, was looking for.
It looks as if it might be dyed. But I'm not sure one way or the other. I've begun to see a lot more stones dyed white lately, but the patterns of the dye don't usually match the bands. So if you know for sure one way or the other, I'd love to hear from you. Otherwise, if you are a purist, this might not be the stone for you. It has an unusual feel to the finish - as if it has been etched very lightly.
My husband bought me digital calipers this summer. Best present ever! Now I can make very accurate measurements for my stones, and in record time:
49.01mm long 34.09mm wide 7.68mm thick
Buying and selling stones over the internet will always be a distant second to buying the stones in real life - being able to hold them and see the colors for yourself. No matter how hard I try, there is no way I can guarantee that the stone will look exactly like the image you see on your monitor. I *can* guarantee that if you are not happy with your stone, you can return it for a full refund.