I am a stone collector, love rocks! And generally I highly dislike man-made stones, but with this one exception, cobalt blue goldstone. It looks like the galaxy, filled with a million stars! I got this nice little wand which measures about 4 inches long (I was dressed as the Galaxy Goddess on our little rock hunt in Sedona when I got these, wearing a skirt of stars, so I had to have a wand of stars)!- and a little coin shaped piece that I can wear on a leather cord too!
I like the natural stones as well, but blue goldstone is pretty like the cosmos, and next time I see some I'll get a little. I don't want to carry synthetics or man-made stones or crystals because I don't want my customers to choose them, to put it bluntly, and thus make it into a regular offering. I'm still trying to weed out a few faceted stones that I didn't cut and some dyed beads. I only offer natural gemstones and precious metals, but goldstone is a rare exception. I do disclaim that it isn't a natural product when someone shows interest.
I totally agree Timothy. I just don't get into the man-made stuff at all, even the dyed like you mention, or the stones that are treated by spraying. The goldstone is my only exception. Plus the story/myth behind it is a really intriguing, about the monks trying to make gold.
I like the 'aqua-aura' quartz, but that's the extent of my altered stone/crystal preference. I saw a few I liked at the rock show, but am very particular so I didn't buy any even though the prices were reasonable.
I passed up a fantastic piece (slab) of this stuff at a rock show, and I wish I hadn't.
Bummer! The cobalt is my favorite, I have one piece of the brown kind. But I won't collect much more of it, like you I am fond of the "real" stuff, hehe!
The brown goldstone (in gold-filled wire) is an eye-catcher for my customers but I've only sold one. I have only a little bit left and won't be buying any more unless custom ordered. I'm considering buying some blue, as that would look really good in silver...