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Lapis Lazuli is commonly referred to as 'Lapis' which is the Latin name for stone. This beautiful blue stone generally comprises of the mineral Lazurite. Lapis is known all over the world and has been used and cut by the ancient Egyptians who first used it to create wonderful and striking blue cosmetics which gave them their unique regal looks. Lots of ancient civilisations have used lapis in jewellery and carvings including; the Greeks, Romans and Persians.…
Throughout most of the mesozoic era which was about 251 million years ago to 65 million years ago Madagascar and India were connected and as this was the age of the dinosaurs they therefore shared similar dinosaur faunas which are quite distinct from those found on other modern African and Asian landmasses.…
At Madagascan Direct, you can find a vast array of crystals with wonderful healing properties. Whether you’re after a stone to help you fall (and stay) asleep, or a stone to improve your psychic powers, there are plenty of options available. Firstly, agate is a stone of stability and balance. Although it is less powerful than other crystals, it has the ability to balance all types of health: from outward physical health (including treating disorders of the skin…
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Recently we have imported alongside the Chrysocolla some high grade Peruvian Pyrite Spheres, Hearts and Eggs. The Pyrite is a beautiful top quality grade and fits in well with all of our other products from Madagascar. Pyrite can also be known as fools gold due to it's bright golden lustrous metallic finish. Pyrite can also be found in association with gold which must have been a nightmare for early gold miners. Pyrite has an amazing crystal habit being cubic and massive and octahedral to name but a few.…
We have just added some beautiful Chrysocolla products on to our website www.madagascandirect.com which we have had made by a skilled artisan in Peru. The quality of the work is very good and the products blend in very nicely with all of our quality products from Madagascar. Chrysocolla is a hydrated copper phyllosilicate mineral and occurs in copper mines notably from Peru and the Congo. Chrysocolla normally grows in a massive form but it also can be botroydal and have stalactitic growths. The name Chrysocolla is derived from ancient Greek.…
Madagascan Direct has entered its 10th year of selling high quality fossils and crystals online and we would like to thank all our customers past and present. because without your support we would not be where we are today. Madagascan direct will start to sell a few non Madagascan pieces over the coming months. but our main content will remain to be primarily minerals and fossils from Madagascar. We have contacts all over the world in high quality minerals and we will now…
Rutilated Quartz is a truly beautiful and enchanting mineral inclusion which can vary in colours from a coppery red to the classic golden rutile needles which are generally seen in jewellery. Rutilated quartz was also known as angel hair or venus stone back in the time and it is not difficult to imagine this when you view the fine hair like needle inclusion perfectly trapped in the quartz frozen in time like they were trapped in ice. Rutile the mineral inclusion in the quartz has a triangonal crystal system and a prismatic habit.…
The Logarithmic spiral is a beautiful and alluring shape that draws you in and is very pleasing to the eye. Christopher Wren observed that many Shells formed this spiral including the Nautilus shell which still swims Indo-Pacific waters today. The chambered Nautilus is a Cephalopod and a relative of ancient Ammonoids, it has an external shell and lives on the sea floor during the day and moving to shallower water at night to hunt for …
During my trip to Madagascar in March 2017 i arrived in a huge cyclone and the flight into Antananarivo was very bumpy and the skies were filled with lightning the like i have never seen before. Upon arrival the rain was torrential and the storm blew for another 3 days. Electricity was scarce and many roads were washed out from the heavy rains. The storm was another blow for the Malagasy people and damage to their homes was quite extensive but luckily casualty reports seemed quite minimal bearing in mind the ferocity of the storm. …
Lemurs are a primate that evolved independently to monkeys and apes and are endemic to the island of Madagascar. The word Lemur derives from the word Lemures which means ghosts or spirits in roman mythology and came about due to their nocturnal habits and slow pace. Lemur evolution has produced a very high level of species diversity and this is mainly due to Madagascar's highly seasonal …
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