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♥ Iridescent Japanese Andradite Garnets

Gem Silica with Azurite and Malachite. Gem Silica or Gem Chrysocolla is a rare form of chalcedony colored by copper ... It is often found mixed with malachite, azurite, turquoise or quartz.

Benitoite from Dallas Gem Mine, Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito Co., California

Corundum var. Ruby, elestial: Corundum is best known for its gem varieties, Ruby and Sapphire. Ruby and Sapphire are scientifically the same mineral but just different colors. Corundum is a very hard, tough, and stable mineral. For all practical purposes, it is the hardest mineral after Diamond, making it the second hardest mineral. It is also unaffected by acids and most environments.

Neptunite $ 750 Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California miniature - 3.7 x 2 x 1.5 cm

Calcite: from the 2013 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (photo by Renate Surh)

Gen Diaspore Crystal in Matrix /Mineral Friends ♥

The Big Kahuna -- The Big Kahuna is one of the top two, perhaps three, American kunzite specimens known. It was the discovery of large gemmy crystals of this pink to lilac to violet spodumene (the mineral species name) in San Diego County’s Pala district that led to its naming as a new gem variety, kunzite. It is named after George F. Kunz, who was Tiffany’s chief gemologist and vice-president a century ago, at the time of the discovery. . . . Spodumene (kunzite); 28 cm tall (15.6 cm wide; 2 cm thick).

Tanzanite. Trichroic variety of ziosite. Appears bluish under fluorescent light and purplish under incandescent light. Found mostly in Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Labradorite is in the same family as albite. Labradorite has been found in some meteorites. Gem quality labradorite is known as spectrolite; which is a colorless variety, darkened with needlelike inclusions, it is often called black moonstone. Spectrolite is a dark and opalescent blue with a shimmer when the light hits it. It was discovered in Finland during WWII, and it is also called falcon's-eye.

Rhodochrosite Crystal - is this amazing or what?