Lightning Ridge Black Opal - Twin Galaxy Gem Stones
Aside from Grey and White, Black Opal is the most precious and is at least 50 times more rare than diamond, yet these beautiful gems are also much more fragile.
The brilliant colors within the gems are iridescent, meaning that they will change color or flash as you rotate them. Deep down within the opal are silica spheres arranged in arrays and both the size and arrangement of the spheres will determine the color produced. The Twin Galaxy Stones will flash like lightning as you rotate them, hence the name Lightning Ridge in Australia.
Opals: way cooler than diamonds.
I want an opal engagement ring
Today In Black History: February 3, 1988
- In Montgomery, Alabama, Thomas Reed, president of the Alabama chapter of the NAACP, was arrested after he and 13 others attempted to strike a Confederate flag flying atop the state capitol building.
"It’s a flag that black people in Alabama, the South and the nation resent … (as do) the better-thinking white people," said Reed, who received death threats after announcing his intentions to remove the flag. "It tends to remind us of a sorrowful past, a past of deprivation, neglect, division and slavery."
Throughout the Deep South — Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama — the NAACP waged a battle against official government use of the Rebel flag. But no one took it as far as Reed.
First, he unsuccessfully tried to talk Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt into removing the flag from the old Capitol building, which was locked and under renovation.
During a reconnaissance mission, Reed spoke to workers who were painting the Capitol dome. From that, he worked out an elaborate scheme to scale the 8- foot-high fence with a 12-foot ladder, climb a spiral stairway to the base of the dome, then climb three more ladders to the cupola and the ropes holding the flags.
Just after noon, Reed answered roll call at the opening of the Alabama Legislature. Then, as promised, he donned blue coveralls and gathered his troops in front of the State House for the effort.
What followed was itself a surreal moment of pure symbolism: dozens of Klansmen and other white Southerners waving huge Confederate battle flags and singing Dixie, while black legislators and activists strode arm-in-arm across the street toward the Capitol, adding a twist to an old civil-rights song — “Ain’t gonna let the Confederate flag turn me around …”
Reed and 13 of his colleagues clutched the fence surrounding the Capitol, briefly trying to scale it as troopers pulled their arms from the fence. Without handcuffs, scuffling or argument, they were escorted to waiting buses, brought to the county jail and booked on criminal trespassing charges.
The crowd, several hundred strong when curious state office workers and reporters were counted, cheered as the 14 were taken away and the flag remained untouched.
Minutes later, the crowds dispersed and Montgomery streets were quiet once again.
Reed had seemed to prove how deep a chord the Rebel flag strikes in the South. People reacted as if their entire Southern pride, heritage and history were in danger of being yanked away by removing it from a flagpole.
The Confederate battle flag, called the “Southern Cross” or the cross of St. Andrew, has been described variously as a proud emblem of Southern heritage and as a shameful reminder of slavery and segregation. In the past, several Southern states flew the Confederate battle flag along with the U.S. and state flags over their statehouses. Others incorporated the controversial symbol into the design of their state flags. The Confederate battle flag has also been appropriated by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 500 extremist groups use the Southern Cross as one of their symbols.
EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS
what the actual FUCK
I wish I could even be shocked
Just gonna keep reblogging this
this is the biggest crock of fucking bullshit i’ve ever fucking seen FUCK
"but why didn’t you go to the hospital?"
Well done, america. This is so scary.