Spirit Quartz (Cactus Amethyst)

If you haven’t heard of spirit quartz, perhaps you have heard it called by one of its alternate names: cactus amethyst, barnacle amethyst, pineapple amethyst or porcupine quartz. Discovered around the year 2001, it is an unusual type of purple colored quartz that owes its color to ferrous iron impurities. It is only found in […]

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Shungite

Shungite gets its name from Shun’ga village in Russia, where a deposit was found and a specimen was extracted and described. Other names for it include “shungit,” “stone of life” and “black ochre.” This lustrous black mineraloid consists of over 98% carbon by weight and is claimed to contain “fullerenes,” which are carbon molecules that […]

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Shiva Lingam

At first glance, a Shiva lingam probably won’t look like much to the layman. Reality may be far from what the untrained eye sees. Typically shaped as a cylinder with rounded ends, the Shiva lingam is a representation of the Hindu god Shiva. Only found in the Narmada River, Shiva linga are typically hand polished […]

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Serpentine

Serpentine rock is a rock composed of one or multiple minerals of the serpentine group. The minerals that make up this group are formed by the process of “serpentinization,” which is a metamorphic and hydration transformation of ultramafic rock residing in the earth’s mantle. They are used as a decorative stone and as a source […]

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Seraphinite

Seraphinite is a dark green to gray colored mineral with a beautiful wavery sheen that belongs to the chlorite group. It is a magnesium iron aluminum silicate. “Seraphinite” is a trade name that was acquired for this clinochlore due to the resemblance of feathers in its appearance. Some specimens even sport “down” and “flight” feathers […]

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Selenite

Selenite is a type of gypsum that, with a Moh’s scale hardness of just 2, is very soft and often naturally cleaved into sheets or wands. Even a fingernail can easily scratch it. Because it is also rather flexible and tends to bend upon being subjected to gentle pressure, it is sometimes found in formations […]

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Ruby

One of the four “precious” gemstones, the ruby is a well known, captivating stone of nobility named for its rich red color. Revered throughout history in numerous cultures, it is still regarded as one of the most magnificent of all gems to this day. Indeed, to ancients, it was more valuable than the diamond and […]

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Rubellite (pink Tourmaline)

“Rubellite” is a shocking pink or red tourmaline that behaves in a particular way in artifical light and daylight. This is to say, its color does not change depending on the light source, unlike many other gemstones. A true rubellite shines with equal intensity in daylight and artificial light. A red or pink tourmaline may […]

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Rhodochrosite

A manganese carbonate mineral, rhodochrosite is a stunning rose-red in its rarest and purest form. However, impure specimens may range from pink to pale brown in coloration. Banding may be present. It exhibits a trigonal crystal system, a Moh’s scale hardness of 3.5-4, a specific gravity of 3.7, and a vitreous to pearly luster. Rhodochrosite […]

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Pietersite

In 1962, Sid Pieters discovered arguably one of the most beautiful and definitely one of the rarest stones you will ever likely see. Pietersite is, simply put, stunning and may contain blues, reds, gold, and bronze. Only known to be found in Namibia, Africa and China, pietersite is a type of tiger’s eye but with […]

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