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Linarite / Grand Reef Mine, Graham County, Arizona

Dioptase Crystal, 56 mm, Christmas Mine, Arizona From the collection of Domenico Preite Photography by Matteo Chinellato —

Azurite, El Cobra Mine, Concepcion del Oro, Zacatecas, Mexico

Epidote: increases more of what you already have, this includes both the negative and the positive, so proceed with caution when working with this stone; can bring about bountiful prosperity, abundance, love, and harmony when properly and conscientiously programmed #perspicacityparty #magicgeodes #magicstones #stones #crystals #gems #metaphysics #epidote

Amazing capture of lightning and a rainbow in Tucson, Arizona (Photo via Instagram by @tucsonre)

Tanzanite, one of December's birthstones, is relatively new to the colored stone galaxy. As the most common story of the tanzanite mining boom goes, in 1967 a Masai tribesman stumbled upon a cluster of highly transparent, intense blue crystals weathering out of the earth in Merelani, an area of northern Tanzania. He alerted a local fortune hunter named Manuel d’Souza, who quickly registered four mining claims.

Translucent bright blue curved Chalcanthite crystals. Chalcanthite is water-soluble so this specimen was oiled sealed to prevent degradation. Source: Planet Mine, La Paz County, Arizona, United States of America.

Pyromorphite - Daoping Mine, Guilin, Guangxi, China