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Instagram Contest: Win free Lithicoins for yourself and a friend!

August 07, 2017

I'd like to send more Lithicoins out into the world, so I have a proposal for you! Take a few minutes to complete three steps, and I will give you and your friend a choice of either Raw Edge Amethyst or Moss Agate Lithicoins.

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Opening the Lithicoin protective case

Opening the Lithicoin protective case

January 27, 2017

All Lithicoin stone coins ship in an protective case to avoid damage during shipment and allow the coins to be easily stored without fear of damage. You may wish to remove your case to carry your "Pocket Safe" coin or simply examine a more fragile coin in closer detail. The cases seal tightly, and they do take some care to open. Here's how we open them.

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More than just a collectible

More than just a collectible

January 20, 2017

Lithicoin was designed to be a more sophisticated and convenient way to collect our favorite stones, but beyond being collectible, we see them as a tool. In my jewelry workshop, I often use small pieces of material to explain color and pattern concepts to customers, and I use them when I sketch new jewelry. The Lithicoin concept was designed with several uses in mind. Here are a few ways I think they can be a useful tool for you:

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What the heck is a "lithicoin?"

What the heck is a "lithicoin?"

January 19, 2017

We're glad you asked!

You may have heard the word "lithic" in the past and not realized its meaning. Lithic is most often heard with prefixes appended to it - words like "monolithic" or "paleolithic" - and the thing these words have in common is that they are referencing stone.

Lithic simply means "pertaining to or consisting of stone."

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Treat your Lithicoin stone specimens with care

Treat your Lithicoin stone specimens with care

January 14, 2017

Although it is true that many stones are considerably harder than steel, natural materials should always be considered unpredictable. We enjoy daily carrying our "Pocket Safe" Lithicoins and they are lovely to admire and calming to handle, but they should all be considered fragile and handled with care to avoid damage.

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On Stones and Color: Our Portable, Permanent Palette

On Stones and Color: Our Portable, Permanent Palette

December 18, 2016

Today, it seems that aesthetic, more than any other single characteristic, draws us toward the world of stones. I share the common opinion that aesthetic is one of the most interesting aspects of stones, but not why you might think. The colors and light play found in stones are certainly beautiful, but there’s something deeper about these characteristics that has had a profound impact on humanity.

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Lithicoin Attributes

Catalog #: 

The catalog number is unique to each individual Lithicoin, and allows your coin to be accessed at any time by typing this number into the search field on our site.

Material Origin:

This is the location where a Lithicoin's material is sourced. We are as specific as possible in the main coin description when we know more about origin (sometimes we will know a specific mine location), but we try to at least note the country. Sometimes we may not know the origin of a particular piece of material, and these coins are marked as "Unknown."

Coin Size:

Standard size for Lithicoin stone specimens is approximately 32mm x 3mm (1.25"x0.11" or 1 3/4" x 1/8"). Size can vary by about .5mm (one half millimeter) due to being hand carved from a natural material.

Opacity:

Opacity refers to the translucency of a coin material when backlit. Materials that do not allow light to pass through are considered "Opaque." If light passes through a part or all of a Lithicoin, it is considered "Partially or fully translucent."

Durability:

Our durability ratings are designed to help you understand how a Lithicoin should be handled. We use the following ratings as suggestions, but please understand that we can make no guarantees about the actual durability of any natural material.

Pocket Safe: This Lithicoin is suitable for frequent handling or daily carry without the case. Try to minimize the number of additional hard objects carried in your pocket or bag (metal coins, etc.) to minimize the chance of breakage or scratches. Many stones are harder than the metals in our everyday lives, but we prefer a cautious approach.

Handle with care outside of case: This Lithicoin can be removed from the case and handled but should not be pocket carried. Exercise caution to avoid drops, and do not apply pressure or any twisting motions.

Fragile, case recommended: This Lithicoin has physical characteristics such as fragile crystal coverage, internal seams or planes, geode sections, or is a brittle material that can be easily scratched or broken. These coins should not be removed from their cases unless you intend to sit down and carefully enjoy them.

We can't predict every scenario a coin might encounter, and natural materials can be unpredictable. We do not provide any guarantee or warranty in the event of damage.