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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.

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

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).

Malachite on Azurite some day soone I will have enough money that I will drive to the Tucson gem and mineral show and buy anything I like. jk

Triacontakaitetragon Now here's a smoke quartz mouthful to tongue twist our way around. It means a 34 sided polygon. The rough weighed about 18 kilos, and was faceted into this shape as a commission by gem artist Lawrence Stoller.

Morganite is a pink form of Beryl. It was discovered by George Frederick Kunz. It was named after J.P Morgan a legendary financier and Gem collector. He was also Tiffany's largest customer. It was discovered in Pala, California.