Stone source: Tanzania
    A family portrait captured in stone: two baby chameleons hitching a ride on mom - the babies are red Ruby, while mom is green Zoisite. Carved out of a single block of stone, this life-like family is extremely well detailed - they have curled tails, didactyl feet, and swiveling distinctive eyes. The material itself provides its own challenge to the master carver as Ruby is significantly harder than its counterpart Zoisite - a hardness of 9 versus a hardness of 6.5 on the Mohs scale. The babies are enjoying the ride, peering around while mom is keeping her eyes to the ground: she is walking on sparkling, druzy Quartz that is overcoating a mound of Fluorite. The entire sculpture rests on a matte black stone plinth, creating a striking contrast to the white Quartz. This chameleon family measures 5¾ x 3 7/8 x 2½ inches (14.6 x 9.8 x 6.4 cm) and the overall measurements are 8½ x 6 x 4 overall (21.6 x 15.2 x 10.2 cm). This gemstone sculpture is in excellent condition.

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    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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