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    GEM ELIXIRS - Gem Elixirs are a great way to work with your crystals in a convenient way that does not require you to carry the crystal with you. This can come in handy for crystals that are small or expensive stones. You can mix and match your gem elixirs to create your perfect blend. This article will be a basic "how to" for creating your elixirs. See this HOW TO article at: www.crystalguidan...

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    The Empress

    Worlds biggest Amethyst Geode – The ‘Empress of Uruguay’

    18 ton Nephrite Jade boulder found in Canada in 2000… considered the world's largest piece of pure jade, has been carved into a Buddha statue

    The beautiful and mysterious Fukang meteorite

    This is another kind of opal, called the Fire Opal. It's found in Mexico and inside seems to be filled with flames or a sunset.

    Tourmaline - wow, without the hand in the photo one might have difficulty guessing the size of this specimen!

    A 2-billion-year-old rock found in the Sahara desert has been identified as a meteorite from Mars’ crust, and it contains ten times more water than any other Martian meteorite found on Earth. It also contains organic carbon. Credit: NASA

    Quartz with green Epidote crystals inside.

    Mineral crystals grow under a variety of conditions. Slow cooling of magma (melted rock) deep within the Earth generally leads to a rock such as granite with visible crystals of feldspar, quartz, mica, amphibole and other minerals. Water in the magma can even facilitate pegmatite formation. Pegmatite is an igneous rock composed of mineral crystals generally with a diameter of several centimeters which, on rare occasions, can be meters.

    mineralists: Opal nodule Ethiopia oh what Opal does to me….



    The world's largest Opal-Filled Thunderegg at Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon

    Imilac Pallasite Meteorite

    The range of colours shown by fluorite is equaled by few other gemstones.

    Sea Sediment Jasper

    The Black-eye galaxy

    Liddicoatite, a rare member of the Tourmaline group of minerals.

    'Flower burst' moldavite. A gemstone that is formed during a meteorite impact.

    Rhodochrosite - Stalactite ( thinly sliced segment)