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Psilomelane

April 02, 2021

Also referred to as “black malachite” psilomelane (pronounced si-loh’-mi-lane) shares certain visual characteristics with malachite, such as swills and bands, but is of a very different chemical make-up to the green copper carbonate gem.

Psilomelane is an amorphous material. Amorphous refers to its internal and exterior structure not having a definite crystalline shape or properties much like opal and obsidian. Crystalline material...

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Zebra Stone

April 02, 2021

Zebra Stone, known to many for its zebra-like patterns of dark red-brown on a pale backdrop, has left geologists and gemologists bewildered for decades as to how it came about. At first glance this may appear to be just another jasper but it is so much more, in fact it is not jasper at all. Perfectly capturing the essence of the Western Australian landscape, it has always been a favorite for crocodile carvings and paperweights. Today it is still a geological co...

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Uvarovite

April 02, 2021

Uvarovite is a unique garnet species not only for its composition but its growth habits and formations which are unlike the other. Garnets generally form in larger crystal sizes allowing them to be cut and polished into transparent faceted gemstones for fine jewelry where as uvarovite’s most wide-spread habit is as tiny, emerald green, lustrous crystals densely coating a grey, rock matrix making it a druzy. The small crystals are well formed, dodecahedral crystals ...
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Trilobites

April 02, 2021

Trilobites were among the early arthropods (invertebrate animals with an exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed appendages) and flourished for 251 million years. Their fossils are found in the rocks of most continents and are one of the key signature creatures of the Paleozoic Era, the first era to exhibit a proliferation of the complex life-forms that established the foundation of life as it is today. Wow.

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Phantom Quartz

April 02, 2021

Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals in the earth’s crust, bountiful but so interestingly diverse in all its varieties; agate, jasper, chalcedony, rock crystal, amethyst, rose quartz – the list is almost endless. Its forms and habits are just varied; botryoidal and fibrous structures, geodes, pseudomorphs, druzy, and masses, just to name a few. As well as the micro/cryptocrystalline assortment, crystalline quartz has an entirely different array of struct...

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Staurolite

April 02, 2021

Also, known as the “Fairy Cross”, staurolite is famous for its brown to black, opaque cross-shaped crystals. Its name is derived from the Greek word stauros, meaning cross, it is the official state mineral of Georgia U.S.A and can be found in various locations throughout North America, Switzerland, France, Brazil and Russia. Made In Earth promotes this gemstone as a useful tool for curbing addictions, although this cross-shaped beauty is certainly not helpful for our addiction to crystal j...

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Sikhote-Alin Meteorite

April 02, 2021

Many meteorites, like Pallasites or the Gibeon meteorite, are sliced before setting in jewelry, pieces of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite are already conveniently small and perfect to set in rings, pendants and bracelets as they are. For this reason, slicing Sikhote-Alin meteorites isn’t commonly done, they are rather appreciated for what’s on the outside rather than their inner beauty within and given the small surface area, their Widmanstätten Pattern wouldn’t easily be...

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Sapphire

April 02, 2021

More commonly known as the blue variety of corundum, sapphire can in fact be almost any color of the rainbow (including a rare color-change sapphire), a little-known fact that is always received with widened eyes of surprise. Having said that, the red variety of corundum is known as ruby, the other much loved and adorned celebrity gem and this is yet another nugget of information most are unaware of. Yep, ruby and sapphire are like totally related!
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Rutilated Quartz

April 02, 2021

You don’t need to be a ‘jewelry person’ to admire and appreciate the beauty of rutilated quartz. This gem is a fine specimen of nature’s powerful abilities and always manages to astonish even the most jaded eyes. Known for its ability to repel negative energies, this stone is also believed to bring wealth and abundance. Are you sold yet? 

Admired from afar for its breathtaking sparkle and near for it wondrous inclusions...

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Prehnite

April 02, 2021

Most prehnite in Australia comes from the basalt tableland surrounding Wave Hill Station deposits in central Northern Territory within a small township called Kalkarindji. Stunning specimens have been fossicked from Wave Hill since the 1960’s but only recently has commercial quality and quantities been found. Australian prehnite is unique in color and luster and far superior to the other locations around the world. Aboriginal people believed that prehnite could absor...

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Pink Tourmaline

April 02, 2021

Tourmaline is one of those magical gemstones (aren’t they all?) but when it comes to color this beauty ‘has it all’ and by ‘all’ I mean unrivaled array of colors and color combinations seen in the one group of minerals.

Tourmalines make up a group of closely related mineral species that share the same crystal structure but have different chemical constituents and physical characteristics. 

Offering the widest ra...

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Pietersite

April 02, 2021

Pietersite is known for its whimsical, thunderous patterns and a spectacular visual effect known to gemologists as chatoyancy.

Pietersite’s main constituent is a blue, gold and/or red mineral called Crocidolite, a pseudomorph that is also responsible for the golden silky gemstone Tiger Eye. A pseudomorph refers to substitution form one mineral to another whilst retaining the original appearance and dimensions. In the case of Crocidolite, a form of asbestos, qu...

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