Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Rhodium and I had a thing going on once...


...stumped?
It's a coaster I made from a ceramic tile blank--painted, glazed, and kiln-fired.

10 comments:

  1. I've given Rhodium jewelry to women before. Bad idea? Don't tell me that it's radioactive or something.

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  2. Greta idea! wish I could afford to do that. I'd rather give blue diamonds.

    Natural rhodium is not radioactive. It has a unique property of being nearly mono-isotopic (Rh-103). It has unique NMR properties and I use to tickle her spins, making her do flips.

    Pure rhodium jewelry is expensive. Here is the market price: link. It lags gold, but years ago it was more precious than gold per ounce. Like platinum, rhodium's price is driven by the catalyst industry.

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  3. Blue diamonds are likely to get you laid quicker (and more aggressively) than Rhodium jewelry.

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  4. Yes, blue diamonds are prettier than precious metals, except for gold.

    I have a platinum wedding band. A German friend once scoffed it saying, "it looks just like nickel"!

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  5. Did you go to the mineral hall at the Smithsonian? They have a nice blue diamond in there. Hope you saw it.

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  6. I did see the Hope Diamond, Sixty. It was a bit smaller IRL than I expected, but so are a lot of things.

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  7. The Hope diamond is too small. Well alrighty then. I first saw it when I was 9 - it still seems as large to me now as it did then. Sure, it was cut out of a larger diamond, and yeah, that would have been nice to see, but dang - that is one big ass hulking blue diamond!

    Did you see the red diamond - about the diameter of a dime? I always liked that one.

    There used to be a yellow diamond the size of a goose egg there. Not a great color, but it was large enough to make up for that.

    The 200 pound topaz were nice.

    The Russian crown jewels were pretty nice - donated by Margaret Merriweather Post as I recall. Cereal jewelry buyer, apparently.

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  8. But all that is neither here nor there - the real question is - what kind of tree did that round come from?

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  9. And make that Marjorie, not Margaret.

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  10. Looks like a conifer to me. What's a conifer, Sixty?

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