Advice and Safety

A catch all category for safety advice, particularly about minerals but sometimes current events – Coronavirus, especially.


Fake Foredom Motors / Flexible Shaft tools

Fake Foredom Motors / Flexible Shaft tools

A warning to jewellers - fake Foredom motors This issue has come up a few times in the past, but has raised its head a little more of recent. I'm sure a lot of people are aware, but Chinese fakes of Foredom motors/flexible shaft tools are very common - to the extent...

Dangerous Minerals: ‘Swiss Opal’

Dangerous Minerals: ‘Swiss Opal’

Yeah, I know. I know. Sometimes you just want me to shut up and let you have nice things.  I was offered some 'Swiss green Opal' by a seller I've dealt with a few times based out of Jaipur, India. I was already buying a few items so figured I'd take a look...

Dangerous Minerals: Bumblebee Jasper

Dangerous Minerals: Bumblebee Jasper

'Bumblebee Jasper' / 'Mustard Jasper' An attractive orange, white, and black mineral - the contrasts of this piece make it a popular eye-catcher. However, it has a dark secret. First of all, this material is not a form of Jasper at all. Dripping acids onto the surface...

Coronavirus

Please note that until further notice, orders from Albion Fire and Ice will only be dispatched twice weekly. Orders can still be placed and your items will be reserved, but they will not be shipped until either Tuesday or Friday. I recommend washing your hands after...

DON’T put crystals in your water (or your vagina…)

Please... don't put crystals in your water. Or your vagina.  Okay, so, weird post. I originally wrote this in 2019 and never got around to publishing it. It was intended to address two growing fads that I'm really not comfortable with supplying crystals for (and never...