Putnisite

    PUTNISITE…. Ever heard of it? A new mineral called PUTNISITE has just been discovered in a mine in the Lake Cowan area of Western Australia. Its color ranges from pale to dark purple with pink streaks. In order for a mineral to be classified as a new mineral, it must have a chemistry

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What is the Difference Between Agates and Onyx

  Agates and onyx are both forms of chalcedony, a member of the quartz (SiO2) family. Chalcedony is  cryptocrystalline quartz which means that you can’t see its crystalline structure without powerful magnification. The overall thinking of  most crystal enthusiasts is that agates have bands and onyx do not, however that is not true.  Both agates

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Stones for Aries

Happy Birthday to all of our Aries friends! It’s that time of year when our Aries friends are celebrating their birthdays. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and it is no surprise that two stones that are particularly beneficial to Aries are both considered to be PRECIOUS: Diamonds and Rubies.  As I’ve said

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Macro, Micro and Crypto Crystalline Quartz

Quartz is often classified by its appearance, however another way that quartz has been categorized is by its crystalline structure.The 3 crystalline forms of quartz that we are always hearing about are: macro-crystalline, micro-crystalline and crypto-crystalline. Today, the two latter ones are often classified as one. Macro-crystalline quartz has also been coined “megaquartz” and micro-crystalline

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