The Varied Coloring of Amethyst

The Many Hues of Amethyst….  What Gives? Amethyst, the violet to purple quartz, is one of the most popular gemstones among gem appreciators. Many years ago, amethyst was classified as a precious stone, like ruby, sapphire and emerald. Since the 1800s, its high perceived status began to dwindle as more amethyst deposits were discovered causing

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Painite

Yes, there is a mineral named “PAINITE” and as you might surmise, it is an extremely rare stone.  Matter of fact, in 2005, The Guinness Book of World Records called painite the world’s rarest gemstone mineral. Painite got its name from British mineralogist and gem dealer Arthur C.D. Pain in the 1950s when it was

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Goethite

Goethite is one of the 7 minerals in the super seven stone. Goethite is a common iron oxide-hydroxide mineral that has a chemical composition of FeO(OH). It often forms as black crystal sprays on quartz druzies.   HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT GOEHITE  (From Judy Hall’s  “Crystal Bible 2”) book Goethite resonates with the #44,

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Moldavite

I would like to share an article about MOLDAVITE that I wrote at the end of December in 2014. It has reference to a New Year that we were about to embark upon. I probably should have waited another few months before posting it again. I have decided to share it now as several folks

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Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood, also known as Agatized Wood is a fossil with a hardness of 6.5 – 7. Petrified wood is real old, some placed as old as 200 million years. Something that has been around that long is going to carry a lot of wisdom and history. Petrified wood is a result of ancient forests that

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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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