Ocean Jasper

“Ocean jasper” is the registered trademark name given to an unusual variety of orbicular jasper by The Gem Shop, Inc. This mineral is found in only one place in the world: a remote location along the rugged shores of northeast Madagascar. It is an exciting stone that comes in a...

Apache Tears Obsidian

“Apache tears” are common nodules of obsidian, or natural volcanic glass, found primarily in New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, where Apache Indians resided in the southwestern United States. It can be relatively difficult to find information on this rock because it is really just a nickname given to some obsidian,...

Moss Agate

Moss agate, sometimes also referred to as “mocha stone,” “gardener's stone,” or “birthing crystal,” is made from silicon dioxide and is a semi-precious gemstone. It is included in the agate family even though it is not banded. Agate belongs to the quartz family and is a type of chalcedony. This...

Morganite

Morganite, a form of beryl, is a relatively rare and subtley beautiful gem. Beryl is not particularly rare and comes in many varities; perhaps one of the most important and beautiful is Morganite. This beautiful gem was first discovered in good sizes on an island near Madagascar and was actually...

Moonstone

Moonstone is a beautiful shimmery stone that has always been surrounded by a great deal of magic and mystique. It is even regarded as holy in many cultures. In India, it is regarded as a “dream stone” that brings its wearer beautiful visions during the night. In Arabic countries, it...

Mookaite Jasper

Mookaite jasper is a beautiful mineral of earthy, bold color that is found in the outcroppings near Mooka Creek in the Kennedy Ranges of western Australia. “Mooka” is an aboriginal term that means “running waters,” in reference to the springs feeding into this area. Over the course of millennia, the...

Moldavite

Moldavite is a fascinating dull greenish or olive green colored vitreous substance that was possibly formed as a result of meteorite impact. It is one type of tektite and is relatively fragile. It was first introduced in 1786 at Prague University by professor Josef Mayer to the scientific public, where...

Merlinite

“Mystic merlinite” is the trade name that was bestowed upon a powerful, magical stone found on a remote island residing in the Indian Ocean. It is attractive and arresting in appearance, with both black and white swirling into each other. A unique blend of quartz, feldspar, and other trace minerals...

Larimar

Larimar, sometimes also called “Stefilia's stone,” “dolphin stone,” “Atlantis stone,” or “blue pectolite,” can be found only in the Caribbean, in the Dominican Republic, in the province of Barahona. It is a rare variety of pectolite that is generally blue in coloration (despite its volcanic origins), but exists in white,...

Kunzite

Kunzite, a gem which has been known to us for just a little over a hundred years (since 1902, to be exact), is an eye catcher that is now enjoying its second renaissance, with its lovely delicate pink coloration. Depending upon which angle one views this crystal, however, it can...

Jet

If you have ever heard the term “jet black” in description of something that is of the darkest black imaginable, then you have heard of the mineraloid (or “minor gemstone”) “jet,” from which the term derives. Jet, also sometimes referred to as “black amber” or “black jewel,” is not actually...

Herkimer Diamond

Also known as “Little Falls diamond” and “Middleville diamond” after its original discovery sites, herkimer “diamond” is a double terminated quartz that became popular after it was discovered by workmen inside of exposed dolostone outcrops in the 18th century. However, Mohawk Indians and early settlers held these crystals in high...