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100+ Gemsgem photos 100+ Gems - Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure. Gems from SpaceGems from Space Extraterrestrial Gems A number of materials from space are used as attractive gems. Blue Gemstonesblue gemstones Blue Gemstones - Most people shopping for a colored stone are looking for something blue. Ruby and SapphireRuby and Sapphire Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Opal PhotosOpal Pictures of Opal A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too! All About DiamondsDiamond Diamond A collection of photos, articles, facts, maps and graphs about diamonds. Green GemstonesGreen Gemstones Green Gemstones - emerald, peridot, jade, tsavorite, chrome diopside, chrysoprase, more. LabradoriteLabradorite Labradorite is a feldspar gem that can produce bright flashes of iridescent color.
Emeraldemerald Emerald is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world. Tanzanitetanzanite Tanzanite was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity. U.S. GemstonesU.S. Gemstones United States Gemstones Small mines in the U.S. produce a diversity of gemstones. TurquoiseTurquoise Turquoise A blue to bluish- green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
AmmoliteAmmolite Ammolite is a fossil and a gemstone. It is shell material from fossil ammonites. Gem MineralsGem Mineral Collections Gem Mineral Collections are a great way to learn about gem materials. Get yours. Geology of GemsGeology of Gems Geology of Gems - The first comprehensive book on the geology of gem deposits. TopazTopaz Topaz is a popular birthstone and the #8 mineral in the Mohs Hardness Scale.
Strontium Titanatestrontium titanate Strontium Titanate - lab created diamond simulant with fire much stronger than diamond. Gemstone BookGemstones of the World Gemstones of the World : A book by Robert Schumann. Over one million copies sold. Ant Hill GarnetsAnt Hill Garnets Ant Hill Garnets are tiny garnets that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest! Ruby and SapphireRuby and Sapphire Ruby & Sapphire are gem corundums - ruby when red, sapphire when other colors.
SpinelSpinel Spinel The gemstone that was confused with ruby and sapphire for over 1000 years. What Is Jade?Jade Jade has been used as a gemstone and a tool-making material for for 1000s of years. Rock Tumblingrock tumblers Rock Tumblers - All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler. Blood DiamondsBlood Diamonds Blood Diamonds Illegally-traded diamonds that may have been stolen or used to fund conflict.
Lapis Lazulilapis lazuli Lapis Lazuli - a metamorphic rock and the most popular blue opaque gemstone in history. PeridotPeridot Peridot is the gem variety of olivine. Derived from the mantle and rarely from meteorites. Jetjet Jet is a black organic gem material that forms from well-preserved woody material. Fee MiningFee Mining Fee Mining sites are mines that you can enter, pay a fee, and keep anything that you find.
Fire OpalFire Opal Fire Opal is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color. Star GarnetStar Garnet Star Garnets are found in only a few locations worldwide. They are the state gems of Idaho. GarnetGarnet Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses. SunstoneSunstone Sunstone A feldspar with aventurescence caused by tiny copper inclusions.
AmetrineAmetrine Ametrine is a bicolor quartz (amethyst + citrine) and a gemstone of growing popularity. Gem SilicaGem Silica Gem Silica is a blue chalcedony colored by copper. It is the rarest and most valuable chalcedony. Red BerylRed Beryl Red Beryl is one of the rarest gems. Small amounts are mined at one locality in Utah. MalachiteMalachite Malachite has served as a gem material, pigment and ore of copper for thousands of years.
Azurmalachiteazurmalachite Azurmalachite is a mixture of malachite and azurite. It can be a beautiful blue and green gem. Rose QuartzRose Quartz Rose Quartz is the name used for specimens of translucent quartz with a pink color. Arkansas DiamondsArkansas Diamonds You Can Be A Diamond Miner! At the Crater of Diamonds mine you can keep what you find. AventurineAventurine Aventurine is translucent quartz with tiny reflective inclusions that produce aventurescence.
Petrified WoodPetrified Wood Petrified Wood is a fossilized wood that often serves as a colorful gem material. Organic GemsOrganic Gems Organic Gems are gems formed from or by plants or animals. They might also be fossils. US Diamond MinesUnited States Diamond Mines US Diamond Mines Where are diamonds mined in the United States? RhodochrositeRhodochrosite Rhodochrosite : a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
ChrysopraseChrysoprase Chrysoprase - The translucent green variety of chalcedony that is colored by nickel. Bloodstonebloodstone Bloodstone is a dark green jasper with a splatter of red color that looks like blood. Biggest MisconceptionDiamonds from Coal Diamonds Do Not Form From Coal Learn several reasons why the coal origin is false. Gem BerylGem Beryl Beryl - the mineral of emerald, aquamarine, morganite, heliodor, goshenite, and more.
BenitoiteBenitoite Benitoite - Geology of the State Gem of California - USGS report from 1911. KyaniteKyanite Kyanite is a metamorphic mineral that sometimes has a gemmy transparent blue color. ScapoliteScapolite Scapolite can be a pretty faceted stone or a translucent cab with cats eye and iris effects. CabochonsCabochons Cabochons A photo gallery of cabochon gemstones from around the world.
Amazing Agate PhotosAgates Beautiful Agates A gallery of spectacular agate photos and descriptions by Richard Weston. Synthetic DiamondsSynthetic Diamonds Synthetic Diamonds of spectacular quality are now being produced in labs. Facts About DiamondsDiamond Facts Facts About Diamonds You are a diamond expert if you know all of these! Iris AgateIris Agate Iris Agate can produce a rainbow of colors when light passes between its thin bands.
Zoisitezoisite Zoisite is a diverse gem. Tanzanite, thulite and anyolite are three of its gem varieties. Fancy SapphireFancy Sapphires Fancy Sapphires are gem corundums of any color other than red, blue or colorless. SpodumeneSpodumene Spodumene is an ore of lithium and the mineral of the gems kunzite and hiddenite. Polka Dot AgatePolka Dot Agate Polka Dot Agate is a translucent blue to white agate with a suspension of colorful dots.
SerpentineSerpentine Serpentine - a group of metamorphic minerals used as gems and architectural stone. Rhodoniterhodonite Rhodonite is a pink manganese silicate used as a gemstone, an ornamental stone and an ore. IoliteIolite Iolite is the gem variety of the mineral cordierite. An alternative to sapphire and tanzanite. HeliodorHeliodor Heliodor is a yellow, greenish-yellow or golden yellow beryl used as a gem.
US Gem ProductionUS Gemstone Production U.S. Gemstone Production is very low compared to the U.S. being the largest consumer. AzuriteAzurite Azurite is a vivid blue copper mineral that can be cut into beautiful cabochon gems. Smoky QuartzSmoky quartz Smoky Quartz - A brown color-variety of the mineral quartz often cut as a gem. Chatoyant Gemscats eye gems Chatoyant Gems look like the eye of a cat. They have a line of light that moves across the gem.
Canadian DiamondsCanadian Diamonds Canadian Diamond Mines produce some of the largest and highest quality diamonds! AndalusiteAndalusite Andalusite is a gem that exhibits strong pleochroism and often has sets of oriented inclusions. Diamond ProducersDiamond Producers Diamonds are mined in many countries and their relative importance changes frequently. UnakiteUnakite Unakite A gem material composed of green epidote and pink orthoclase.
HeleniteHelenite Helenite is a man-made glass produced by fusing ash from the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. DiopsideChrome Diopside Chrome Diopside is a green gemstone that is often used as an alternative stone for emerald. Petrified PalmPetrified Palm Petrified Palm is often confused with petrified wood, but it is a distinctly different material. Peanut Wood?Peanut Wood Peanut Wood? Yes! It is a very interesting gem material found in Western Australia.
Hardness PicksHardness Picks Hardness Picks - Mohs hardness testing with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks. Turritella AgateTurritella Agate Turritella Agate is a brown agate containing snail fossils from the Green River Formation. Chrysoberylchrysoberyl Chrysoberyl an extreme gem. Its hardness is 8.5, can display chatoyance or color-change. K2 GraniteK2 Granite - aka K2 Jasper K2 Granite is a white granite with blue orbs of azurite. It is a new gem material from Pakistan.
Maw Sit SitMaw Sit Sit Maw Sit Sit is a metamorphic rock and a gem material that was once thought be jade. Titanite aka SpheneTitanite Titanite - also known as sphene, this mineral is a minor source of titanium and a minor gem. ApatiteApatite Apatite produces gemstones with vivid colors and is popular with collectors. PrasiolitePrasiolite Prasiolite is amethyst that has been heat-treated to a leek-green color.
       

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