Prasiolite

These gorgeous beauties are special!!! They are prasiolite, (sometimes spelled praziolite), also known as green quartz, vermarine or lime citrine. Some folks refer to prasiolite as green amethyst, however that is not “geologically correct.” The mistake probably lies within the fact that the majority of prasiolite starts off as amethyst. It can also be because

Continue reading »

Aquaprase

What do you think of this attractive blue green mineral? It is called AQUAPRASE, a vibrant bluish green chalcedony that was discovered around 2 years ago at an undisclosed location in Africa by veteran gem explorer Yianni Melas. The area where it was found was believed to only have a small amount of opals here

Continue reading »

Sal Ammoniac

Sal ammoniac is a rare “different” ammonium chloride mineral with a chemical composition of NH4Cl. The reason that sal ammoniac is considered “strange / oddball-ish” is because their natural crystals have an unreal or unnatural character to them. They are very small, extremely soft (1.5 – 2 hardness), delicate and intricate yet can be quite

Continue reading »

Scapolite

Scapolite…. Ever heard of it? Scapolite is an extremely rare and lesser known gemstone. Its transparent, brilliant and glass like shine makes it a highly cherished mineral by gem and mineral collectors. Some scapolite can display a “cat’s eye” or chatoyanty effect. Another rare variety of scapolite is “rainbow scapolite” which usually has iridescent inclusions.

Continue reading »