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25 Minerals And Stones More Beautiful Than Diamonds

Let your eyes feast on some of the world’s most beautiful minerals and stones straight from Mother Earth. And they say diamond’s are a girls best friend…not anymore!

1. Luz Opal With Galaxy Inside

Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica; its water content may range from 3 to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6 and 10%. Because of its amorphous character, it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike the other crystalline forms of silica, which are classed as minerals. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl, and basalt.

2. Opal Fossil

3. Sunset Fire Opal

4. Ocean Inside An Opal

5. Lightning Ridge Black Opal

6. Worlds Biggest Amethyst Geode – The ‘empress Of Uruguay’

At well over three metres tall (that’s eleven feet) and weighing two and a half tonnes, the size is certainly impressive but it’s the sheer beauty that makes people gasp when they first see her. This is the Worlds biggest Amethyst Geode – The Empress of Uruguay but the tens of thousands perfect, deep purple Amethyst crystals that nature has formed naturally inside truly amaze everyone who sees her. It is very unusual to see Amethyst crystals of this quality – rated as being “AA Jewellery Quality” – and together in their thousands they present a truly dazzling sight. Many people spend long periods of time just gazing and absorbing the sheer beauty of The Empress, pondering the intricacies of nature.

7. Rose Quartz Geode

8. Scolecite

9. Burmese Tourmaline

Tourmaline  is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron,magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors. The name comes from the Tamil and Sinhalese word “Turmali” or “Thoramalli” , which applied to different gemstones found in Sri Lanka.

10. Watermelon Tourmaline

11. Tourmaline On Quartz With Lepidolite And Cleavelandite

12. Realgar On Calcite

13. Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral with chemical composition MnCO3. In its (rare) pure form, it is typically a rose-red color, but impure specimens can be shades of pink to pale brown. It streaks white, and its Mohs hardness varies between 3.5 and 4. Its specific gravity is between 3.5 and 3.7. It crystallizes in the trigonal system, and cleaves with rhombohedral carbonate cleavage in three directions. Crystal twinning often is present. It is transparent to translucent with refractive indices of =1.814 to 1.816, =1.596 to 1.598. It is often confused with the manganese silicate, rhodonite, but is distinctly softer.

14. Rhodochrosite

15. Azurite

16. Crocoite

Crocoite is a mineral consisting of lead chromate, PbCrO4, and crystallizing in the monoclinic crystal system. It is identical in composition with the artificial product chrome yellow used as a paint pigment.

17. Crocoite

18. Fluorite

Fluorite (also called fluorspar) is the mineral form of calcium fluoride, CaF2. It belongs to the halide minerals. It crystallizes inisometric cubic habit, although octahedral and more complex isometric forms are not uncommon.

Fluorite is a colorful mineral, both in visible and ultraviolet light, and the stone has ornamental and lapidary uses. Industrially, fluorite is used as a flux for smelting, and in the production of certain glasses and enamels. The purest grades of fluorite are a source of fluoride for hydrofluoric acid manufacture, which is the intermediate source of most fluorine-containing fine chemicals. Optically clear transparent fluorite lenses have low dispersion, so lenses made from it exhibit less chromatic aberration, making them valuable in microscopes and telescopes. Fluorite optics are also usable in the far-ultraviolet range, where conventional glasses are too absorbent for use.

19. Fluorite/quartz/pyrite Combination

20. Titanium Quartz

21. Chrysocolla In Malachite

22. Cobaltocalcite

23. Bismuth

Bismuth is a chemical element with symbol Bi and atomic number 83. Bismuth, a pentavalent post-transition metal, chemically resembles arsenic and antimony. Elemental bismuth may occur naturally, although its sulfide and oxide form important commercial ores. The free element is 86% as dense as lead. It is a brittle metal with a silvery white color when freshly produced, but is often seen in air with a pink tinge owing to surface oxidation. Bismuth is the most naturally diamagnetic element, and has one of the lowest values of thermal conductivity among metals.

24. Bismuth

25. Uvarovite

source: beepb.com / crystalcaves.com.au / wikipedia.org

 

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