Rose Quartz

Rose quartz, sometimes also referred to as “bohemian ruby,” “hyaline quartz,” “pink quartz” or the “love stone,” is a pink variety of quartz crystal that is commonly found in Brazil and Madagascar. It is a silicon dioxide crystal and one of the more common types of quartz. Its color may...

Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla is a hydrated silicate mineral-- a copper cyclosilicate mineral, to be exact-- that forms secondarily in the oxidation zone of copper ore bodies, frequently in association with azurite and malachite. Its structure has been questioned ever since a study conducted in 2006 provided evidence that it may in fact...

Azurite

Azurite is a well known and popular carbonate mineral that is produced when copper ore deposits endure weathering. It is also sometimes referred to as “chessylite,” and has a breathtaking deep, clear blue coloration. For centuries, it was used as a blue pigment. It is a popular collector's stone due...

Ametrine Quartz

Ametrine, also referred to as “trystine” or “bolivianite” (its trade name), is a rare and fascinating type of quartz containing zones of different colors in a single specimen. It is naturally occurring. It is made up of a mixture of citrine and amethyst, and the zones are yellow or orange...

Celestite

Celestite, also called “celestine,” is a mineral that was named for the delicate blue color it sometimes possess. It is very popular among mineral collectors. It consists of strontium sulfate and is actually the primary source of the element strontium, which is often used in an array of metal alloys...

Blue Kyanite

Kyanite is truly a remarkable stone. From the greek word “kuanos” that means deep blue, kyanite is usually very much true to its name. Aside from its beauty, kyanite is used by geologists as an indicator of past conditions in mines and other mineral deposit locations. Kyanite has practical importantance...

Quartz Points or Clusters

After feldspar, quartz is the most abundant mineral present in our planet's continental crust. Thus, it can be found on almost every continent. The most well known version is “pure” or “clear” quartz. It is also sometimes called “rock crystal,” “ice crystal” or “crystal quartz.” This type is transparent or...

Labradorite

Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that may be clear, white, gray, blue, green, yellow or brown and occurs in lath to blocky shaped grains in mafic igneous rocks, including gabbro, basalt and anorthosites. It can also be found in some sediments as a detrital component and in metamorphic amphibolites. Deposits...

Lemurian Seed Quartz

Lemurian seed crystals, also referred to as “lemurian quartz” or “lemurian star seeds,” originally came (and still primarily come) from Brazil-- the Diamantina region-- and are named after Lemuria, an ancient civilization that is believed to have sunk down into the Pacific ocean (or to have suffered some similar misfortune)....

Malachite

  Malachite is beautiful, rich green copper carbonate hydroxide mineral that has been mined and smelted in Israel for more than 3,000 years. It has also been found in Russia, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Zambia, Tsumeb, Mexico, New South Wales, France, and the southwestern United States. At...

Carnelian

Carnelian is a red-brown colored mineral usually found in Germany, Brazil, India and Siberia. It is a semi-precious gemstone that is a variety of chalcedony (quartz family mineral). Its color, which can range from a pale orange to a near-black coloration, derives from iron oxide impurities. During roman times, carnelian...

Lapis Luzuli

  Lapis lazuli is a gemstone of astounding appearance, and with a grand history. Among the first to be worked on and worn as jewelry, it looks just like the night sky, sporting a unique, opaque deep blue coloration complete with shimmering pyrite “star” inclusions. It was popular thousands of...