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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Benitoite

Benitoite... no, it's not a small lunch box. It's beni-to-ite, not ben-to.

Sometimes when I look for topics I scrape my brain thinking of some cool or boring story from my past that I could tell you all about.

Other times I examine news feeds on current or bizarre topics in order to present my own spin on things.

Still other times I just wonder out loud about stuff… what type of trees exist in Japan, are there raccoons in Japan, which prefecture is known for having women with a large bust size.

I don’t know if I’ve done that tree thing yet, but the others were done.

As you can see, few topics are verboten as long as the content isn’t too pornographic or is at least something I can write about without having to resort to questionable language… which is why I haven’t written about hentai.

If you are going to search for that word, please note that it is NSFW (Not Safe For Work).

Having recently written about what sort of mining goes on in Japan, I wondered what the rarest gem stone might be in the country.

That, apparently, is a very beautiful stone called Benitoite, that is one of the top 10 rarest stones in the world.

The name is derived from the location in which the rock was first found: near the head waters of the San Benito River in San Benito County, California, U.S.

The gem stone has also been found in very limited quantities in Arkansas, U.S., and in Japan—though in both of these locations, the rock specimens have been determined to NOT be of gemstone quality.

As you can see from the image at the very top, benitoite (ben-ito-ite) has an awesome luxurious, deep blue color… but look again… the viewable color is achieved when you look at it under UV light, which causes it to be seen as a glowing blue.

There are actually two varieties of benitoite, the rarer blue, and the rarer still blue-white type. 
The blue barium titanium silicate mineral is found in hydrothermally-altered serpentinite.

Benitoite fluoresces under short wave ultraviolet light, appearing bright blue to bluish white in color.

The more rarely seen clear to white benitoite crystals fluoresce red under long-wave UV light.

Just as my UV-coated contact lenses would glow purple when I frequented the stripper joints when I was single, providing me with an instant conversational opener with the dancer whose eye caught my eyes, so too will the benitoite gemstone capture everyone’s attention.

Really… my purple-glowing eyes were my opening line.

Benitoite is apparently the official gemstone of California, named as such back in 1985.

While not the same, I enjoyed purchasing Noboko a few bits of jewelry—a beautiful woman who easily out-shined the gemstones.

I know… a tenuous relationship with Japan, but isn’t that what most of us have?

But at least you know that Japan is home to one of the top 10 rarest gems tones on the planet. It almost makes me want to go out and starting digging my own mine.

Kanpai,
Andrew Joseph

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