The Truth about Ema Eggs

I have heard a dozen stories about Ema Eggs. The most far fetched was that a woman, named Emma, drowned in the river where these stones were found. They were named in her memory.

The internet is full of falsehoods, as we all know, so a little digging and some help from the experts helped me to get to the bottom of the Ema Egg saga. No one died in the making of these Eggs.

The Ema Eggs aka Seer Stones aka “Buttons” aka Window Stones we see today are NO LONGER a natural occurrence. Instead, they are processed—tumbled, then hand cut and polished.

When these “eggs” first were “hatched” they were, in fact, a natural occurrence. A dozen or more years ago they were known as “ovo de ema” quartz, meaning ‘eggs of the river’. Ema is also the Brazilian ostrich (Rhea Americana) and many thought they resembled an ostrich egg.

Originally these natural river tumbled quartz were taken to a lapidarist who sliced and polished the face (hence the “window”). After years of popularity however, the river ran out of them and enterprising individuals copied the idea and added other stones to the mix.

So how are Ema Eggs created these days?

Think of a big cement tumbler like on the back of a cement truck. A load of rough quartz is thrown in to this large container that nicks and dings the entire load, and recreates the white outer “frost”.

The large rough tumbles are then cut in half and the face is polished up to a shiny finish (again, hence, the “window”).

Now a days, you can get them in almost anything from Polychrome Jasper to Green Opal to Hematoid Quartz to Labradorite and of course, the quartz varieties (Clear, Rose, Smoky, Amethyst).

A big “Thanks” to my mindat.org friends who helped me to toss out all of the incorrect internet information and get down to the facts.

Original article written by Kristi Hugs 2019 All Rights Reserved

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