African Turquoise is a type of Jasper and is not Turquoise at all. Real Turquoise is a rare gemstone whilst Jasper is abundant. African Turquoise is a form of chalcedony and has less regular patterns than that of quartz. They vary in colour and a great advantage of African Turquoise is that it is harder than Turquoise. At Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd. we ensure that the product we sell to you is the natural stone, and has not been artificially dyed or enhanced in any way to try and represent real Turquoise.
Aventurine is a form of quartz. The most common colour is green, but it may also be orange, brown, yellow, blue or grey. Most stones are carved into beads and figurines with only the finer grades being used for fashion cabochons and in jewellery settings. Its name originates from the Italian a ventura or all’avventura, meaning “by chance,” and refers to the Italian glass from the 1700s, produced when a worker accidentally dropped metal filings into a vat of melting glass. The name Aventurine was later given to the natural stone which looked like the industrial product. Due to its gorgeous and rich green colour, it has often been mistaken for Jade and is in fact now used as an alternative, as real Jade is expensive and considered in some countries to be more valuable than gold or diamonds.
Black Stone is a rock fragment smaller than a cobble. Sizes of this gemstone range from 10mm to 150mm. Due to the effects of erosion; Black Stone gets naturally tumbled with flowing river water from mountains towards plains. It is a wonderful stone for landscaping and garden design, giving great contrast to any setting.
Budstone, also known as Verdite/African Jade/Buddstone, is a member of the Mica Group of gemstones. It is very popular amongst artists doing carvings due to its unusual green colouring, and the fact that is softer than other stones, making carving and sculpting a breeze. Verdite rough is no longer being exported outside Africa and is now difficult to obtain.
Green Quartz is just as unique and beautiful in its own way as purple quartz is. It adds beautiful colour and texture to any garden setting.
This stone with its natural tones and hues has become a sought after attraction in driveways, pathways and any area where a ‘normal’ garden would grow. It has also found popularity amongst landscapers and garden designers. Due to its unusual and striking patterns, River Jasper is being used more and more in modern homes for a natural stone finish in kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms.
Purple quartz is extremely popular because of its strikingly beautiful colour. It was once considered to be as precious as sapphires, rubies and diamonds, until large deposits were found in Brazil and other parts of the world. The better quality rocks are used predominantly in the jewellery and fashion markets. The purple quartz sold by Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd. is used mainly in Landscaping and Horticultural businesses.
Red Jasper is one of the oldest gemstones known. It is a beautifully coloured stone and is found naturally in a variety of shades and colours. The most common colour being a reddish earthy tone, streaked with veins of other colours, making it a vibrant stone with lively characteristics. It is one of the most popular stones used amongst landscapers and garden designers due to its fantastic colouring.
Rose Quartz is often called the Love Stone due to its pinkish colour. It is an abundant and common stone. The pink colour of Rose Quartz ranges from a very light, almost imperceptible pink, to a rich translucent pink. It is usually cut into cabochons, beads, and faceted stones of about eight millimetres in size or larger to display the rich pink colour. Pieces of Rose Quartz, up to a few pounds in size with nice colour are usually available and relatively inexpensive. For that reason, it is commonly used to produce small sculptures, puffed hearts, spheres, and utility items.
A rich royal blue mineral widely enjoyed as an ornamental gemstone. It is an extremely attractive stone and used in a variety of ways. It is used extensively amongst tilers and builders for kitchen countertops, washbasins and splashbacks and various landscaping projects.
Tiger Eye Matrix
Tiger Eye Matrix forms part of the genuine Tiger Eye Stone, leaving the beautiful variations of purple, blue, green, brown and gold behind.
Unikite is a granite stone and good quality stones are considered semi-precious. They are used predominately for jewellery and carvings. It has unusual colouring, and is popular amongst landscapers and garden designers as an attractive feature or to enhance a showpiece.
White quartz is extremely popular with tilers and builders. With its beautiful and brilliant white colour it is a favourite to use in kitchens and bathrooms. It is a hard stone, making it durable and long-lasting.