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Dyeing agate is a common practice- the stone is real, but it's been cosmetically altered. The stone gets soaked in a chemical solution, which is absorbed into the microscopic pores in the stone. Whatever dye the person who made these coasters used must have been water-soluble. So, yes, cold water would also cause the pigments to bleed.


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This is not a four- digit number but four separare numbers called Bravais-Miller indices. Bravais-Miller indices descrive the orientation of a crystal plane relative to the symmetry axes of a crystal, as described in Wikipedia. Put very briefly, a zero index means the plane is parallel to that axis, while nonzero indices encode the relative values of the ...


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