Sodalite

Sodalite is a sodium aluminum silicate with chlorine and sometimes sulfur. It is named for its sodium content. It was discovered in West Greenland in the Ilimaussaq intrusive complex, in 1811. However, it wasn’t really fully appreciated until 1891, though, when large amounts of it were discovered in Canada and it became an important ornamental […]

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Orange Calcite

Calcite in all of its forms is found all over the world and is one of the most common minerals in existence. The orange calcite variety is no less abundant. Given its abundance, orange calcite can be found in large deposits that allow it to be worked into large pieces of jewelry and decoration. The […]

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Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz sometimes also goes by the names “cairngorm,” “smoky topaz,” “morion,” or “smoky citrine.” It is commonly found worldwide, but notable locations include Brazil and the United States. It is a variation of quartz (and therefore a silicon dioxide crystal) that may come in brown, black or gray and is transparent or translucent with […]

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Onyx

Onyx is a type of chalcedony that is banded. The bands may range from white to almost any other color (with black and white being the most common) and, unlike the chaotic banding often present in agates, are parallel to one another. Onyx is a cryptocrystalline mineral that consists of fine intergrowths of moganite and […]

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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 range from pale to strong, […]

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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 be composed of a mixture […]

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Ametrine

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 and purple in coloration. The […]

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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 as well as in firework […]

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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 when it comes to its […]

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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 translucent and colorless, and has […]

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