This beautiful Kaleidoscope Prism Stone (a naturally occurring stone from Utah), also incorrectly referred to as "Kaleidoscope Agate", is a true study in contrasts with light opaque common opal in pastels of lavender, gentle sky blue and creamy beige on one side morphing into rich jewel tones of translucent purple and blue with deep golden highlights and webbing. The lines in the stone are healed stress fractures, which are what create that "prismatic" effect and make this such a unique and beautiful treasure. Always an attention grabber, it makes beautiful jewelry. This stone, with it's great eye appeal and contrasts of color, will make a stand-out piece of jewelry.
Kaleidoscope Prism Stone Designer Cabochon
39.9 x 23.9 x 6mm
I cut this cab by hand and it's been polished to a high sheen both front and back with slightly beveled bottom edges for easy setting.
Note that the colors in the Kaleidoscope Prism Stone (in particular) will appear brightest in sunlight and may appear more muted in indoor lighting. The prismatic effect is definitely going to appear best in natural sunlight. Since photography outdoors in northern Illinois often presents problematic issues, I photograph all my items indoors with "sunlight" bulbs as to get the most accurate colors I can ;)
Kaleidoscope Prism Stone (YES, it is naturally occurring) from Utah is a relative newcomer to the lapidary and jewelry scene. Also now more commonly being referred to as Kaleidoscope Agate*, it really isn't agate at all, but prismatic Flourite and and Common Opal, with the higher grade material containing inclusions of other colorful minerals including Malachite, Chrysocolla, Amethyst, Agate and other trace minerals like Cuprite between the lines of the Flourite prisms and less of the common opal. The lines in the stone are healed stress fractures, which are what create that "prismatic" effect and make this such a unique and beautiful treasure.
* On a side note, I simply want to acknowledge that there has been a bit of controversy about the use of the name "Kaleidoscope Agate", as there is also another type of stone which was found in Oregon which maintains a claim to this name. I just wanted to acknowledge the claim for the owners of the Oregon claim, who also mine a beautiful jasper which is named "Kaleidoscope Jasper", of which I have cut quite a few and even sold here in my Etsy shop. I have been referring to this (the Prism Stone) as "Kaleidoscope Agate" because that is the name under which the rough material was sold to me. I noticed recently that another lapidarist has begun to refer to it as "Kaleidascope prism gemstone", which is, at the very least, certainly more accurate than referring to it as an agate, and have decided to follow her lead, referring to it now as "Kaleidoscope Prism Stone" from now on.
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