The breathtaking Contra Luz Opal was found in Oregon, which appears to have a nebula inside it
Contraluz is opal where you see the play of colors suspended inside by illuminating the back of the stone. In most opal the light has to fall on the front of the stone to see the play of fire. The ‘nebula’ inside is caused by Jasper, a microcrystalline variety of the mineral Quartz.
Weighing approximately 119.0 carats and measuring 46.0 x 44.0 x 10.1mm, the stone was auctioned last year for $20,000.
James Gurney / Dinotopia
I need a tarot deck based on this world
1. foundation (sigils), 2. abstract forms & colour, 3. final look
concept: to create a painting that works as a talisman
In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare.