Jeff Barton Meteorite Kaleidoscope
Chondrules in a specimen of Allende meteorite viewed in a cross-polarized light using a petrographic microscope. The chondrules date the meteorite to more than 4.55 billion years old. This means meteorite is the oldest material known. The author of these stunning kaleidoscope images is Richardson, Texas, USA based scientist Jeff Barton.
According to Barton, he began studying thin sections of rocks and meteorites in 2004. He taught himself how to identify minerals in thin sections by measuring index of refraction with a microscope. Now he uses a spectrograph and computer software. Also, he started taking photographs of the colorful bits in the meteorites. ‘Variations in optical glass and in mounting lenses can alter the polarization of light passing through the lenses. Making the photographs takes a matter of seconds to minutes, depending on how thoroughly you want to document the section and what you are trying to learn from it“, says Jeff Barton.
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Jeff Barton Meteorite Kaleidoscope
Originated from Greek word “sappheiros”, it is a blue stone, one of the varieties of the mineral corundum, precious stone of different hues. One of the four major precious stones, rock and soul of autumn, it is an indicator of female constancy. Also, a symbol of virginity, love of truth and goodness, purity of conscience and remorse. In addition to the usual blue color, Sapphire can be orange, yellow, green and pink (called “Fancy sapphire”) and colorless (“leuco-sapphire”). Highly prized as “star” varieties of sapphire with a vivid effect of asterism (star-shaped appearance of the figure in light of the crystal).
Fashion Nature project by Liliya Khudyakova
It would be wonderful if fashion designers from around the world have learned to take inspiration from the nature. This idea has come to Siberian fashion designer Khudyakova. She creates stunning collages for the project Fashion & Nature, in which Liliya is looking for parallels between contemporary designers’ dresses and nature. These are really fashionable masterpieces of natural symbiosis of beauty and fashion.
Autumn brought a merry collage of many colors into our streets, which became golden and red. The trees branches painted with the autumnal hue are visible through the window panes. Nature shows us a great variety of different shades. We can observe colorful reality in the woods and meadows. The fields are a riot of color. The brightness and sweet scent of flowers attract the insects in nature.
Viktor Rolf Summer 2015 collection
Founded in 1993 by Dutch designers Viktor Horsting (1969) and Rolf Snoeren (1969), Viktor & Rolf fashion house has its own unique style.
Amsterdam-based fashion house presented a rather unusual collection of haute couture at Fashion Week in Paris spring-summer 2015. According tp the designers, they absolutely didn’t worry about using these things in everyday life.
Whether we can wear these high fashion things or not – it is an opportunity to realize their creative impulses. This time the brand Viktor & Rolf showed on the catwalk their original vision of the village. In particular, a wreath of ears and straw hats of immense size complement the same vast A-line dresses. Noteworthy, the designers dedicated their collection to their compatriot, the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh.
Many people mistakenly believe that the limit of the high cost of precious stones stops at diamonds, but naturally there are other, no less beautiful, but more rare minerals, the price of which often exceeds the cost of diamonds. Here is the Kaleidoscope of Most Expensive Gems in the world. The high price is usually determined by a unique combination of rarity, beauty and great demand. The list shows the average price of high quality stone available today on the global market, but it should be noted that some of the prices are approximate as particularly valuable gems are often sold privately, without disclosing to the general public.
Rare mineral Eudialyte
Undoubtedly, richness of nature and a variety of stones and minerals amaze us. Among which is a little-known but very interesting stone – Eudialyte. This rare mineral combines the reliability of granite, purple of sunset and gold of underground mines. It derives its name from the Greek phrase meaning “well decomposable”. Sami, the local inhabitants of the Kola Peninsula (the far northwest of Russia) call Eudialyte “Sami blood”.
The origin of the name relates to the ancient Norse legend, described by Academician Fersman in his book “Memories of a rock.” In the Sami folklore there is a legend about the battle of Sami with the Swedish soldiers. As a result of the fight on the tundra was sprayed the blood of Sami soldiers killed in the battle. Drops of blood turned into a beautiful stone Eudialyte.
Miniature beaded brooches by Lyubov Tyurina
The author of these Miniature beaded brooches – Moscow based artist of applied art Lyubov Tyurina. Since childhood she has experiences boundless love for nature and all living things. In her opinion, the nature is an endless source of inspiration for all her creations. Her brooches, miniatures, of course, reflect the love of nature, convey her feelings and emotions.
She loves to paint, sew, write poetry, and applications of paper. Tyurina participated in the 6th International Exhibition in Moscow “Beading Design 2012” where her miniature brooches won in the category “Jewellery”.
According to the artist, she always starts embroidering brooch from eyes, and when they “look at you” then it is a half of success. A lot of pleasure she gets from the finished work and the reactions of people who see it and wear.