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.
Dragon Veins agate are often made by heating a stone, and then quenching it to create a pattern of crazing through the stone - and then they are dyed. I suspect that is the case with this one - although it's not the usual vivid colors I see in Dragon's Vein agates. Lately I've been seeing a lot of stones which look like they're dyed white, or beige or even black. So if you're a purist looking for unaltered stones, this may not be the stone for you. But I bought it even though I knew it was probably altered because it's just so pretty. The pale pinks run to lavender along the right hand side, and the whites soften the colors to pale pastels.
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:
48.66mm long 21.81mm wide 6.20mm 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.