Lake Superior Agates

Lake Superior Agates are found on the shores of Lake Superior. This agate is known for its numerous red bands which are iron stains. These iron rich minerals reflect the gemstone’s geologic history in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. In 1969. the Minnesota legislature designated the Lake Superior Agate as the official state gemstone. It was

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Cerussite

Cerussite is a lead carbonate mineral with a chemical composition of PbCO3, It is also known as white lead, lead carbonate, white lead ore, horn silver and lead spar. Cerussite’s name comes from the Latin word “cerussa” which means white lead Cerussite’s color range includes white, gray, golden, blue and green. Its sparkly shine is

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Arkimer Diamonds

Arkimer Diamonds Yes, you read right…. Arkimer Diamonds. Arkimer Diamonds are very similar to the Herkimer Diamonds found in and around Herkimer County, upstate N.Y. Arkimers got their name because of their similarity to herkimers and the area where they are found…Arkansas. Both herkimers and arkimers are generally small, stout, brilliant, double terminated, hexagonal shaped

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Floater Crystals

Floater crystals (aka floaters) refer to crystals that don’t have any attachments to a host rock or a matrix. In other words, floaters formed and developed without any contact points. All of the sides of floater crystals are almost always completely intact since they don’t have any points where they are attached to a matrix.

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Happy Bubble Bath Day

Yesterday was “Old Rock Day” and today January 8th (Elvis Presley’s birthday) is “National Bubble Bath Day.” Many folks welcome the opportunity to unwind in a bubble bath after a stressful day. Bubble baths have been around for thousands of years. Warm bubble baths are relaxing and enjoyable and actually have health benefits too. They

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“Old Rock Day”

Today is January 7th, 2016. Does anyone know what holiday Jan. 7th is? Today is “Old Rock Day” True!!! “Old Rock Day” doesn’t refer to rock and roll music or us old rock and rollers (although a day celebrating that would also be great). Today is the day that geologists and rock enthusiasts designated for

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Dolomite and Cinnabar

This pretty combo is cinnabar perched atop a dolomite matrix. Dolomite is both a mineral and a rock. The mineral “dolomite” is a pure form of dolomite, an anhydrous (containing no water) carbonate mineral composed of calcium, magnesium, carbon and oxygen. Its chemical composition is most commonly CaMg(CO3)2 Dolomite rock (aka “dolostone”) is a sedimentary

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