Packing for a Move
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Packing for a Move

Welcome to my website. I’m hoping to provide you with some useful packing tips. My name is Ellen Monday. My family and I moved from a very large home to a large home. My point being, although we still live in a large house, we did downsize. It was almost like packing for two moves because we had belongings going to the new house and some going to storage. We had to make decisions about what we wanted to keep, store and get rid of. I have some tips on how we made those decisions, and the best ways we found to pack. Items that were going into storage were packed differently than those we were moving to the new house. Boxes had to be carefully and clearly marked so we didn’t end up storing our everyday dishes or something tragic like that! Hope you enjoy my blog.


Packing for a Move

Tips for Choosing Mineral Quartz Specimens

Aaron Carroll

Beautiful natural stones are a hot decorating trend, and for good reason. There is something relaxing and comforting about bringing the natural world inside, especially something as solid and grounding as a quartz mineral specimen. The following can help you choose the perfect specimen to complete your room.

Natural Versus Cut

When it comes to displaying quartz, you have the option of those in their natural form and those that have been cut and polished to bring out more luster or to give them a more pleasing shape. If your goal is to bring natural beauty indoors, then opt for the natural stone. Quartz naturally has a crystalline structure, so it typically has relatively smooth planes that will catch the line and look beautiful. Light polishing may further bring out the beauty, but there is no need to go for an artificially cut stone.


Quartz comes in a range of colors. There is transparent glass-like quartz as well as translucent milky white quartz. Rose quartz contains iron, which gives it a pinkish hue, and smoky quartz gets its brown to black haze from aluminum deposits. You can even find quartz specimens of varying colors, which can be quite beautiful to behold. Choose the type and color of quartz that brings you the most pleasure to look at.


The transparency of quartz is determined by what fluids or gasses were trapped in the stone during formation. Clear, completely transparent quartz is often called rock crystal. It is especially beautiful when there are a few cracks inside since these are visible through the clear stone and provide mesmerizing internal facets. If gasses or fluids were trapped in the stone, it becomes milky in appearance. Milky quartz can range from translucent to opaque, depending on the number of inclusions.


Flaws can either detract or add to the appearance of a specimen. Veins of other minerals or a well-placed fracture can turn a nondescript hunk of quartz into a visually interesting piece of natural art. Metallic veins, including gold, can be quite beautiful. Other flaws, such as a major chip or crack, can ruin the luster of the quartz or increase the chances of it breaking. Examine flawed stones carefully to make sure the flaw benefits the look of your stone and that it won't pose a problem later on.

Contact a mineral dealer in your area to see the quartz specimens that are available.