blogs by the gem maven

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

Stones for Aries

Happy Birthday to all of our Aries friends!

It’s that time of year when our Aries friends are celebrating their birthdays.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and it is no surprise that two stones that are particularly… Continue reading

Macro, Micro and Crypto Crystalline Quartz

Quartz is often classified by its appearance, however another way that quartz has been categorized is by its crystalline structure.The 3 crystalline forms of quartz that we are always hearing about are: macro-crystalline, micro-crystalline and crypto-crystalline. Today, the two latter… Continue reading

Moganite

So, what is this mineral called moganite (no, not morganite which is pink beryl)?

Moganite is a grayish translucent mineral, that along with quartz, makes up chalcedony.

Moganite is actually a polymorph of quartz which means that it has the… Continue reading

The Many Colors of Green (Crystals)

In honor of St. Patty’s Day this past Monday, I would like to touch on the color GREEN.

There are many variations of green.

By and large, green stones represent growth, expansion and overall healing. Green is associated with our… Continue reading

Stones for Pisces

Happy Birthday to all of our Pisces friends!

Pisces are among the most sensitive and intuitive folks of the zodiac.

Ruled by a windy and blustery planet (Neptune), Pisceans seem to have their heads in the clouds more often than… Continue reading

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