Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Star Ruby - Star Sapphire


Other gemstones that may display asterism are rose quartz, garnet, diopside, moonstone, spinel and opal.
Star rubies and star sapphires display a six-ray star that seems to glide across the surface of the gem when moved. This six-ray star is caused due to an optical phenomena known as "asterism".

The term is derived from the Greek word "aster", which means star. Fine star rubies and sapphire come mainly from Mogok and Sri Lanka. The best stones will have just enough silk to create the star effect, but not so much as to harm the transparency and color. These stones are rare and valuable.
Black Star Sapphires with golden stars are one of the most fascinating forms of sapphire. The most valuable of the golden-star black stars come from Chanthaburi, Thailand.

Black star sapphires differ from other colours of star sapphires because the star is formed not due to rutile silk but due to hematite plates.
The Delong Star Ruby resides in the Natural History Museum in New York. Weighing 100.32 carats, it is a deep purplish red, from Burma, it has an extremely sharp 6-rayed star effect.

The Rosser Reeves Star Ruby; a fine-quality star ruby of 138.70 carats from Sri Lanka.
Star of Asia A round six-ray star sapphire weighing 329.7 carats. The stone's origin is Burma, and it's also part of the Smithsonian Museum's collection.

Weighing 27.62 carats, the Star of Bharany Ruby is one of the world’s finest star rubies.
A star ruby is considered potent protection against magic. Star rubies were worn by knights in battle to protect themselves from the enemy. Tales in Karnataka (India) say that if it is worn as a visible pendant or as a headgear then anyone who faces you as an enemy loses half their valour.

The power of star ruby is said to be the highest during full moon.

Uni-Select Inc. - UNS.t

Uni-Select Inc. - UNS.t is a Canada-based distributor of automotive parts and paint products.

The Company is engaged in the distribution, sale and marketing of replacement parts, equipment, tools and accessories, and paint and related products for motor vehicles in the Canadian wholesale automotive aftermarket.


On May 2, 2016 the company released News

FinishMaster, Inc., a leading distributor of paint and related products in the United States and subsidiary of Uni-Select Inc. (TSX:UNS), a leading distributor of automotive products in Canada, announced today it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the operating assets of Gladwin Paint Company and related entities (“Gladwin”). This acquisition increases FinishMaster’s footprint with the addition of 8 locations across several key metropolitan markets in Texas including Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

Founded in 1954, Gladwin has grown to be one of the largest PBE distributors in the southwest United States. The team is guided by the same principles Carl and Margaret Gladwin held when they founded the company more than a half century ago: hard work, honesty, and excellent customer service. Offering comprehensive services including an experienced team of technicians, Gladwin specializes in training and assisting body shop technicians in product knowledge, process solutions, and SOP implementation to help improve their customers’ overall performance.










Sunday, June 26, 2016

Submerged ancient Egyptian treasures

More than 200 objects are showcased at a new exhibition of Egyptian artifacts discovered in a sunken ancient city. Dating back some 2,300 years they were found over a decade ago near what is now the city of Alexandria.

In ancient times, the port city of Thonis-Heracleion was the main port of entry to Egypt for all ships coming from the Greek world.
The city was founded around the 8th century BC, underwent natural catastrophes, and eventually sunk entirely into the depths of the Mediterranean in the 8th century AD.