Transparent and translucent stones ROCK my boat.That being said… There is something about epidote that draws me to it. Is it gorgeous? IMO, No. Is it translucent? Definitely not. Is it colorful and vibrant. Nope.So, what is it about epidote?We… Continue reading
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
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, calcium sulfate minerals, are basically the same thing. Their difference lies within… Continue reading
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
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