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Strangely beautiful old non-nacreous pearl.

GemGeek

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I was thinking that it was possible that it was some kind of botryoidal calcite, but I couldn't clearly see the surface. The explanation is not at all what I would expect!
 

hbyrne

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It's an interesting piece anyway, but now I think it will always say to me; 'Don't take things at face value. There are possibilities you haven't imagined.' It's a valuable lesson, and I can see I've lots to learn, so the quest for pearl wisdom continues ;-)
 

CathyKeshi

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So, a little tiny ghost sat down on the end of a stalactite deep in a cave for a long cool nap ... the water dripped ... and dripped ... and dripped :)
 

hbyrne

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It's been a while since I've posted, but I think the mystery is solved... and it does have an aquatic origin. Whilst visiting the jewellery collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, I spied this old amulet which bears a remarkable resemblance to my pendant. It's a dolphin bone amulet, from Southern Spain and should protect the wearer from rheumatism! image.jpeg
 

BWeaves

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Well, I just finished watching the second season of Outlander, and had convinced myself that it was Claire's white amulet that turns dark in the presence of poison.
 

MSC

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My mammalogist perspective is this: I look at the amulet and I think, "yes, bone." I look at the specimen and think, "no, definitely not bone." I've never seen a bone that looks like your specimen. There's no rhyme or reason to it's structure. Where would it go in the body? Every bone has a purpose and it's shape is dictated by that purpose. Also, the surface texture is not what bones, even very aged bones, look like.
 
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