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Generally, golden mean refers to an optimal position between extremes, such as the philosophy advocated by Socrates in choosing the mean and avoiding the extremes. Courage is a virtue, but recklessness or cowardice (extreme conditions) are not. Golden mean can also refer to the golden ratio or the divine proportion found while requiring a division of line segments to maintain the same ratio as the parent segments. In the 1500s, a Franciscan friar and mathematician named Pacioli related use of the golden ratio to aesthetically pleasing proportions. The pendant in this necklace does have pleasing proportions, and the ratio of total length to length of first two elements is approximately the golden ratio of 1.6. However, it could be the lovely color of peridot and quartz shot through with fine golden threads that are more appealing than the proportions! Rutilated quartz - golden or otherwise - results when fine threads of rutile (titanium dioxide mineral) form in quartz through hydrothermal or metamorphic processes. The color tends to be golden to reddish, depending on the iron content, though it can be darker. Cost: $93.00 USD
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