The brilliant orange stone in the glassine envelope is a Padparadscha. It is man-made, as are the other stones in the photo, I suspect. The size and quality would indicate so… if natural they would be in paper packets. This photo resets many memories… from a lifetime so long ago.
The countless hours spent studying colored stones at the G.I.A. on the way to a Gemologist Degree.
The hours spent buying and selling gemstones.
For some strange reason, when I saw this photo, I thought of the day when I opened the jewelry store, to find our safe lying on it’s back with the door open…
It’s funny how one thing leads to the other… I was looking at some creative writing sites, and a photo caught my eye. Having worked in the family jewelry store, before leaving to ‘find myself’, I read with interest. It appears the photo was a prompt to inspire writers to create a story 100 words long. Apparently they do this on Fridays… hence the name of the group Friday Fictioneers. The Headmistress is Madison Woods. She posts a photo with her story, and her followers add theirs. I enjoyed reading the different stories ‘prompted’ by the photo. She invited me to try, so I did, even thought I’m not a Fictioneer. Do see Madison and check out all the different stories suggested by the pretty sparklers… MADISON WOODS