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Precious Taaffeite

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Oh, rare as you, another gem can't be,
          First found in Dublin, quite by accident -
               There sold as cut Spinel to Count Taaffe,
     Quite curious of how its light was bent ...

Adept was he at how spinels appeared,
          The ones he'd bought peculiarly NOT so,
               For they reflected light so subtly weird,
     In varied hues of pale mauve afterglow ...

So, hoping he had not been victimized,
          He shipped them off for broad analysis,
               Results as he could ne'er have realized -
     A gem named after him of sparkly bliss ...

And that is how bright Taaffeite became ...
          The rarest gem to EVER ... hold a name!





Written and submitted on May 15, 2019
For the "Tribute To A Precious Or Semi-Precious Gem" Poetry Contest
Line Gauthier, Judge & Sponsor.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 5/20/2019 12:36:00 PM
So rare...I’ve never heard of it! Nice tale. Congrats!
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Date: 5/18/2019 5:09:00 PM
Such a pleasure to learn about this rare gem, Greg, and enjoy reading how beautifully-written your poem pays tribute to it! Congratulations on your Podium win! Sandra <3
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Date: 5/18/2019 7:57:00 AM
Like Connie, I had not heard of this gem. What an interesting piece of history! Reminds us that when something is odd it may be a rare and precious something!
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Date: 5/16/2019 5:45:00 AM
This is such an informative poem Greg. I had never heard of this Gem. I am sure this will catch the attention of Line. Well written and it sent me on a youtube sojourn. Wonderful! : ) xxoo
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