Peridot

Will the real peridot please make yourself known? Oh, you’re olivine and chrysolite? Can’t fool me. I know that peridot is the gem form of you two beauties. 😉 Peridot, just between you and me, I think you are the most incredible mineral that ever set foot in this solar system… and probably others too.

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Sanidine

Who turned the lights on this morning? Eydie Gorme would have blamed it on the Bossa Nova. I say let’s blame it on SANIDINE cause practically no one has ever heard of it. Sanidine, which originally came from Itrongay, Madagascar, is a high temperature potassium dominant feldspar. This glassy mineral of the alkali feldspar group

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Atacamite

Atacamite is a copper chloride hydroxide with a basic formula of Cu2Cl(OH)3. Like other copper based minerals, atacamite can contain other minerals within it which display blues and reds. Atacamite is named after the Atacama Desert in Chile where it was first discovered. Since that time, it has also been found in Australia, Mexico and

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Fire Agate

There are many diverse types of agates and agates are associated with Geminis (my astrological sign).  That being said, I have to say that agates have never been high on my “gotta have them” list. There is one exception and that agate is “FIRE AGATE”. Fire agates (like other agates) are a form of chalcedony

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Malachite after Azurite

Do you ever wonder why azurite turns into malachite or why some minerals are referred to as “malachite after azurite”? What does “malachite after azurite” mean? Azurite and malachite are the two most common copper carbonate minerals. The chemical composition that we might expect to be associated with these two minerals would be (CuCO3), however

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Cleiophane

Say “Howdy”  to this eye opening 3rd chakra mineralogical conglomerate…. Cleiophane, Sphalerite and Quartz Cleiophane is a zinc sulfide (ZnS) mineral that is light in color, usually yellowish, greenish or a more rare clear. It is part of the sphalerite family.* It was first discovered in Sussex County, N.J. in 1851. In addition to also

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