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Created with Ultra Fractal 5.02.

The inspiration for this came from a necklace pendant that I have, a simple teardrop shaped piece of Lapis lazuli. I thought an iterated teardrop fractal based on this would be an interesting challenge.

I have learned a couple of interesting things about this beautiful blue rock. The very finest examples are found in the Kokcha River valley in northeastern Afghanistan, where it has been actively mined for over six thousand years, which I find astonishing. And secondly, until the early 19th century, when synthetic alternatives became available, this material was used as a blue art paint pigment known as Ultramarine, created by grinding the stone to a powder and removing any impurities. I think we sometimes forget the extreme lengths people went to to get such vibrant paint colours centuries ago. :faint:

:bulletgreen: Other images in this jewel series that you might enjoy can be found in my Fractal Jewels gallery here:…

Jewel of the Nile by Velvet--Glove Boudica's Blood by Velvet--Glove Moonstone Artefact by Velvet--Glove Age of Elegance by Velvet--Glove

We all need more time so to anyone who may 'fave and run' on this piece or any other: I thank you in advance. :heart:
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Tareebi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I bow at your power
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
:aww: Thank you for your comment and for so many :+fav:s today. :iconflowerheartplz:
jhantares Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
fantastic work
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
I'm glad you think so, thank you so much! Aww :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
AnnaLena250199 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful :)
I love the color blue :D
Nice work :squee:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thanks very much for the compliment and fave, I'm happy it appealed to you! :aww: :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
AnnaLena250199 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome :love:
WNaturalism Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Very very magical fractal! so impressive work!!! love it!!!
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thanks very much for the compliment! :aww:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Gorgeous! I love Lapis lazuli! :iconloveblueplz:
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