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"Dream Cloud"  This piece is a Queensland, Australia boulder opal carving of a "winged female bust as personification of the dream" with the face turned well right, eyes closed. The entire carving weight is 1167 carats. Presently in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum

"Dream Cloud" This piece is a Queensland, Australia boulder opal carving of a "winged female bust as personification of the dream" with the face turned well right, eyes closed. The entire carving weight is 1167 carats. Presently in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum

Baltic amber cabochon with a fossil of an insect

Baltic amber cabochon with a fossil of an insect. (EM160)

Peach-shaped cup with saucer, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century  China - Jade (jadeite)

Peach-shaped cup with saucer, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century China - Jade (jadeite)

As a semi-precious stone that first begins to form as sap oozing from a tree, amber has the unique ability to trap very small animals or other materials and - as a natural embalming agent - display them in nearly perfect, three-dimensional form millions of years later

As a semi-precious stone that first begins to form as sap oozing from a tree, amber has the unique ability to trap very small animals or other materials and - as a natural embalming agent - display them in nearly perfect, three-dimensional form millions of years later

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