blogs by the gem maven

Green Tourmaline

Green tourmaline is gorgeous and soooo versatile in its applications.

Green tourmaline is a water element stone…. (No surprise there as some specimens appear like they have water inside) and its vibration is 6 (universal mother in numerology).

Its coloring… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

The Differences Between Agate and Jasper

 

Both agate and jasper are chalcedony minerals.

To clear up any confusion, there is a light blue mineral called chalcedony.

The chalcedony family, however, refers to quartz based minerals that are microcrystalline or cryptocrystalline in structure. (The words microcrystalline… Continue reading

Angelite and Blue Wing Anhydrite are the Same Mineral

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Angelite and blue wing anhydrite, calcium sulfate minerals, are basically the same thing. Their difference lies within… Continue reading

Differences and Similarities Between Spinel and Ruby

Ruby and Spinel can be extremely difficult to distinguish from each other.

It wasn’t until the late 1800s that variations between rubies, sapphires* and spinel were made. *Spinels can also be blue.

Their similarity in appearance, chemical composition and the… Continue reading

The Different Types of Garnets

Garnet, the birthstone of January is a popular crystal among gem enthusiasts.

Garnets refer to a group of several closely related minerals. Unlike other minerals that have specific chemical compositions, garnets have varying compositions.

There are 6 main groups of… Continue reading

Geminis and Their Stones

There are so many aspects of my being a Gemini (in this lifetime) that I adore.

All astrological signs have particular behaviors that are associated with their sign and Geminis are no exception. Thank goodness there are crystals that can… Continue reading

A Crystal to Help Taurus Folks Make Changes in their Life

Happy Birthday to all of our Taurus amigos.

If there is one astrological sign that I would associate with ROCKS, it would have to be Taurus. Their stable, dependable and fixed characteristics make them solid as a rock.

These practical… Continue reading

Putnisite

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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… Continue reading

What is the Difference Between Agates and Onyx

A very good question indeed.

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 general opinion of… Continue reading

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