• Meryem ....

    When minerals form a flat surface it is called a face. Minerals can have many flat surfaces and when these faces join together, they form a crystal. Download the activity page on the right and create your own mineral face or even a mineral cartoon character out of the mineral faces on the sheet.

  • Mr and Mrs White

    Ethiopian Opal Geode (like a diamond in the rough!) #GemstoneSerendipity #gemstones #minerals #rocks #stones #fossils

  • Michele Hauf

    .opal (looks like an exotic chocolate truffle)

  • Miniature Dreamscapes

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