crystals and gemstones

Ocean Kyanite

Ocean Kyanite is a vibrant teal form of kyanite, the rarest member of that family. The teal coloring is a cross between blue and green kyanite.

 

It was originally discovered by Patrick Gundersen in the Hart’s Range in Australia.… Continue reading

Morrisonite Jasper

Morrisonite Jasper is a rare stone that has been labeled the “King of Jaspers” of the porcelain jasper group.

Porcelain Jasper aka Exotica Jasper or Sci-Fi Jasper is a particularly attractive variety of jasper that is recognized by its unusual… Continue reading

Lepidocrocite

So, what is that weird sounding mineral that is in the Super Seven and Auralite stone? Yes, the long name which begins with the letter “L”.

It’s Lepidocrocite… an iron hydroxide mineral that is most often found growing inside quartz.… Continue reading

Epidote… A Mineral Not To Be Overlooked

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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

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

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