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Thursday, April 24, 2014

It's the letter "U" for the Blogging A - Z Challenge

Today’s topic starts with the letter “U”.
Unakite is the stone for the letter “U”.  It was first discovered in the Unakas Mountains of North Carolina from which it got its name.  It is actually an altered granite made up of pink feldspar, green epidote, and clear quartz. 

It is typically a mottled green and pink color.  It can easily be made into different bead shapes, cabochons, and carved objects, such as, eggs, spheres, and animal carvings.  The coloring gives carved objects a real texture to the design. 

Unakite can also be found as pebbles on the shores of Lake Superior caused by glacial drift.  It is also found in Virginia in valleys after being washed down from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It has also been found in South Africa, Brazil, and China.
Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see if I can continue to find stones to match the rest of the letters of the alphabet.

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