Sanidine

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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

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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

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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

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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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Pezzottaite

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Say howdy to a relatively new mineral to the rock scene, recognized by the IMA in Sept. 2003. This “pretty in raspberry” mineral is PEZZOTTAITE also known as “raspberyl” and “raspberry beryl.” In addition to being raspberry red, pezzottaite can be orangish-red and pink. Its pleochroism tendencies can also turn it pink-orange, purplish pink and

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K 2 Stone

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K2 Stones Ever heard of them? K2 stones refer to newly discovered and rather unusual crystals that were found in the foothills of the world’s second highest mountain in the Karakoram Mountain range. This mountain known as K2. Mount K2 and Mount Godwin Austen, is located between Pakistan and China. K2 stones are considered high

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Spherocobaltite

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Here’s a heart chakra related beauty gracing this page… It’s called spherocobaltite, also spelled sphaerocobaltite. The rather different name comes from the Greek word “sphaira” which refers to a sphere and cobalt Spherocobaltite is a cobalt carbonate mineral also known as cobalt calcite and cobaltoan calcite. Its chemical make up is CoCO3 (Cobalt, Carbon and

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Neptunite

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So, if planet Neptune rules our intuitive Piscean friends, what astrological sign do you think is associated with NEPTUNITE? If you said Aries, I would suggest you guess again.  😉 This black mineral that is beneficial for Pisceans has a reddish brown appearance caused by its inner inclusions. The composition of this dark silicate mineral

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Hackmanite

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Hackmanite is a rare sulfur rich form of sodalite, generally referred to as “pink sodalite”. Most sodalite fluoresces under ultraviolet light and hackmanite is no exception. Hackmanite exhibits something called tenebrescence aka “reversible photochromism” which is considered the rarest of all gemstone optical phenomena. Tenebrescence is the ability of a mineral to indefinitely change colors

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Prasiolite

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These gorgeous beauties are special!!! They are prasiolite, (sometimes spelled praziolite), also known as green quartz, vermarine or lime citrine. Some folks refer to prasiolite as green amethyst, however that is not “geologically correct.” The mistake probably lies within the fact that the majority of prasiolite starts off as amethyst. It can also be because

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