American Museum of Natural History

Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences August 7, 1995

Ron and Karen Nurnberg

Dear Mr. and Ms. Nurnberg:

I have looked at your rock, both generally and at the covered section you sent, shown it to people in our department and finally looked briefly at a polished slice in our electron microprobe.

It is unlike anything any of us have ever seen and, in a brief look,
I cannot find anything like it in the literature.

The mineralogy of the dark zones is predominantly quartz (as a matrix and veining between the roundish bodies), potassium
feldspar and pure acmite (aegirine). There is also relatively abundant zircon and perhaps a silver tantalate type mineral.

The structure looks orbicular with a zoned orbicule like texture (a term used for igneous rocks consisting of orb-like clots).

The green cores of the orb-like clots are probably colored by a less acmite-rich pyroxene, but I did not have time to find an area to analyze during my probing of the polished section.

I will continue to examine the material once we have made a thin section
or two that we can examine with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with
Back-Scattered Electron (BSE) Detector and with our electron microprobe.

I would ask if you have any samples that show different coloring or contacts with a
different kind of rock intact. You sent one piece with this sort of texture, but I
guess I am asking for one where the dark balls with green centers show some
variation in coloring as in a zoning pattern, from a coarse to a finer texture or from a different color to the green-
dark pattern of most of what you sent.
I would like to proceed on making a description of the rock for the literature
since this rock is obviously something new or at least unusual.


George E. Harlow




“It is unlike anything any of us have ever seen”
“I cannot find anything like it in the literature.”
“This rock is obviously something new or at least Unusual.”

                                                    American Museum of Natural History

                                                    Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences


*This analysis was not completed.

He sent a subsequent letter indicating we would have to provide location before he would do further research to complete the analysis.

 A more complete analysis was provided by Dr. Dave Douglass U.C.L.A whom was not interested in location.



"Your specimen is nephrite, a variety of jade. To determine
this I looked at a thin section. What makes it unusual is the fact
that it has orbicular structure. “Orbicular” implies that the rock
contains “concentric shells of different texture and/or mineralogy
about a central core.”

...and afterwards by phone they said their  conclusion of Nephrite was in error and then said “We have never seen this type stone and cannot figure out what it is and where it came from.”

                                                              Smithsonian Institution

                                                                National Museum of Natural History
                                                    Rock and Ore Collection

"Jadeite, a member of the pyroxene group has the formula: (NA, AL, FE) SI2 06.
This is a much better fit to your X-ray energy dispersive analysis (EDX) results.
In conclusion I think it is Jadeite, and perhaps the special version Chloromelanite."
Dr. Dave Douglass

                                               Douglass minerals
                                                    Retired mineralogical researcher UCLA.

"It is a fresh and Unusual alkalik volcanic rock predominantly composed of the four minerals Quartz, Anorthoclase, Riebeckite and
Aegirine. The light green spherules you see in the stone composed of radiating fibers are Riebeckite needles
mantled with fine grained Aegirine. The darker matrix is richer in Riebeckite and also contains more Quartz.”
                                                          Dr. Sid Williams  

                                             Consulting Petrographer. Globo De Plomo
                                           Co-Author of Mineralogy of Arizona

     You may have seen a new lapidary material being offered for sale recently. It's called "Nebula StoneTM," and is a dark-green, nearly black, shiny material with fascinating, light-green, swirling orbicules scattered through the dark matrix. These inclusions make the rock look like the night sky viewed through a telescope, wherein you see galaxies, nebulae and individual stars scattered against a dark background- hence, the name Nebula Stone.

What makes Nebula Stone so unusual is that it has been analyzed by several noted scientists without anyone coming up with a definitive answer as to what type of rock it actually is. Using a variety of recognized techniques, scientists have studied the rock carefully, yet cannot come to a final, similar conclusion.
"It is highly regarded as an energy stone and healing stone by people who are metaphysically attuned."

  "The stone now enjoyed by the mineralogist, the lapidary and the spiritually inclined alike."

                                                             Bob Jones, Senior Editor

                                                                            Rock and Gem Magazine



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Every atom in your body is billions of years old. Hydrogen, the most common element in the universe and a major feature of your body, was produced in the big bang 13.7bn years ago. Heavier atoms such as carbon and oxygen were forged in stars between 7bn and 12bn years ago, and blasted across space when the stars exploded. Some of these explosions were so powerful that they also produced the elements heavier than iron, which stars can't construct. This means that the components of your body are truly ancient: you are stardust.

Every atom in your body is billions of years old. Hydrogen, the most common element in the universe and a major feature of your body, was produced in the big bang 13.7bn years ago. Heavier atoms such as carbon and oxygen were forged in stars between 7bn and 12bn years ago, and blasted across space when the stars exploded. Some of these explosions were so powerful that they also produced the elements heavier than iron, which stars can't construct. This means that the components of your body are truly ancient: You are stardust.


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