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The Pleasures of Polished Stones
on November 6, 2015
Should I admit publicly that I bought this package of polished semi-precious stones simply to enjoy them in a bowl on my desk? Perhaps I harbored some vague notion of using them in planters or someday creating a stunning terrarium. Or of encountering a child eager for pretty rocks...and in fact, they would make quite a good gift for a young rockhound, especially when you emphasize that they are semi-PRECIOUS. From BRAZIL! (The quantity in my bowl is 95, but a few may have migrated to other corners of the house.) And the company's name is not far wrong. There is a hypnotic element about swishing the stones around, seeing which color your hand happens to choose, imagining the rocks they were before being polished, like some people who have to be scoured a little for the inner beauty to shine forth. They certainly are useful for crafts and hobbies...but maybe best of all for touching and gazing and dreaming.