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100+ Gems - Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure.
Emerald is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world.
All About Diamonds
Diamond A collection of photos, articles, facts, maps and graphs about diamonds.
Amethyst - the most popular purple gem. It has a beautiful color and reasonable price.
Blue Gemstones - Most people shopping for a colored stone are looking for something blue.
Pictures of Opal A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too!
Gemstones of the World : A book by Robert Schumann. Over one million copies sold.
Topaz is a popular birthstone and the #8 mineral in the Mohs Hardness Scale.
Green Gemstones - emerald, peridot, jade, tsavorite, chrome diopside, chrysoprase, more.
Ruby and Sapphire
Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Labradorite is a feldspar gem that can produce bright flashes of iridescent color.
United States Gemstones Small mines in the U.S. produce a diversity of gemstones.
Turquoise A blue to bluish- green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
Blood Diamonds Illegally-traded diamonds that may have been stolen or used to fund conflict.
Tumbled Stones are rocks that have been rounded, smoothed and polished in a rock tumbler.
Ammolite is a fossil and a gemstone. It is shell material from fossil ammonites.
Ruby and Sapphire
Ruby & Sapphire are gem corundums - ruby when red, sapphire when other colors.
Ethiopian Opal - The new opal heavyweight that might give Australia a run.
What Is Jade?
Jade has been used as a gemstone and a tool-making material for for 1000s of years.
Ant Hill Garnets
Ant Hill Garnets - tiny gems that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest!
Peridot is the gem variety of olivine. Derived from the mantle and rarely from meteorites.
Sunstone A feldspar with aventurescence caused by tiny copper inclusions.
Geodes look like ordinary rocks on the outside but can be spectacular inside!
Tanzanite was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity.
Gems from Space
Extraterrestrial Gems A number of materials from space are used as attractive gems.
Lapis Lazuli - a metamorphic rock and the most popular blue opaque gemstone in history.
Strontium Titanate - lab created diamond simulant with fire much stronger than diamond.
Tourmaline - the most colorful mineral and natural gem material on Earth.
Zircon is a popular and colorful gem with fire and brightness that rivals diamond.
Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses.
Organic Gems are gems formed from plant or animal materials.
US Diamond Mines
US Diamond Mines Where are diamonds mined in the United States?
Fire Opal is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color.
Malachite has served as a gem material, pigment and ore of copper for thousands of years.
Rose Quartz is the name used for specimens of translucent quartz with a pink color.
Petrified Wood is a fossilized wood that often serves as a colorful gem material.
Spinel The gemstone that was confused with ruby and sapphire for over 1000 years.
Jet is a black organic gem material that forms from well-preserved woody material.
Gem Silica is a blue chalcedony colored by copper. It is the rarest and most valuable chalcedony.
Star Garnets are found in only a few locations worldwide. They are the state gems of Idaho.
Red Beryl is one of the rarest gems. Small amounts are mined at one locality in Utah.
Aventurine - a translucent quartz with reflective inclusions that cause aventurescence.
You Can Be A Diamond Miner! At the Crater of Diamonds mine you can keep what you find.
Fancy Sapphires are gem corundums of any color other than red, blue or colorless.
Rock Tumblers - All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler.
Bloodstone is a dark green jasper with a splatter of red color that looks like blood.
Azurmalachite is a mixture of malachite and azurite. It can be a beautiful blue and green gem.
Geology of Gems
Geology of Gems - The first comprehensive book on the geology of gem deposits.
Gem Mineral Collections are a great way to learn about gem materials. Get yours.
Spodumene is an ore of lithium and the mineral of the gems kunzite and hiddenite.
Kyanite is a metamorphic mineral used to make porcelain, abrasive products and gems.
Chrysoberyl an extreme gem. Its hardness is 8.5, can display chatoyance or color-change.
Smoky Quartz - A brown color-variety of the mineral quartz often cut as a gem.
Cabochons A photo gallery of cabochon gemstones from around the world.
Chrysoprase - The translucent green variety of chalcedony that is colored by nickel.
Diamonds Do Not Form From Coal Learn several reasons why the coal origin is false.
Benitoite - Geology of the State Gem of California - USGS report from 1911.
Serpentine - a group of metamorphic minerals used as gems and architectural stone.
Amazing Agate Photos
Beautiful Agates A gallery of spectacular agate photos and descriptions by Richard Weston.
Zoisite is a diverse gem. Tanzanite, thulite and anyolite are three of its gem varieties.
Iolite is the gem variety of the mineral cordierite. An alternative to sapphire and tanzanite.
Rhodochrosite : a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
Facts About Diamonds
Facts About Diamonds You are a diamond expert if you know all of these!
Brown Diamonds are growing in popularity and are frequently seen in fashion jewelry.
Azurite is a vivid blue copper mineral that can be cut into beautiful cabochon gems.
Beryl - the mineral of emerald, aquamarine, morganite, heliodor, goshenite, and more.
Chatoyant Gems look like the eye of a cat. They have a line of light that moves across the gem.
Unakite A gem material composed of green epidote and pink orthoclase.
US Gem Production
U.S. Gemstone Production is very low compared to the U.S. being the largest consumer.
Ametrine is a bicolor quartz (amethyst + citrine) and a gemstone of growing popularity.
Iris Agate can produce a rainbow of colors when light passes between its thin bands.
Rhodonite is a pink manganese silicate used as a gemstone, an ornamental stone and an ore.
Heliodor is a yellow, greenish-yellow or golden yellow beryl used as a gem.
Helenite is a man-made glass produced by fusing ash from the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption.
Apatite produces gemstones with vivid colors and is popular with collectors.
Chrome Diopside is a green gemstone that is often used as an alternative stone for emerald.
Andalusite - exhibits strong pleochroism and often has sets of oriented inclusions.
Scapolite can be a pretty faceted stone or a translucent cab with cats-eye effects.
Titanite aka Sphene
Titanite is also known as sphene. It is a minor source of titanium and a minor gem.
Geology Tools - Rock hammers, field bags, hand lenses, maps, hardness picks, gold pans.
Maw Sit Sit
Maw Sit Sit is a metamorphic rock and a gem material that was once thought be jade.
50+ Different Tumbled Stones for sale at RockTumbler.com. (affiliated with geology.com)
Diamonds are mined in many countries and their relative importance changes frequently.
Synthetic Diamonds of spectacular quality are now being produced in labs.
Polka Dot Agate
Polka Dot Agate - a translucent blue to white agate with a suspension of colorful dots.
Canadian Diamond Mines produce some of the largest and highest quality diamonds!
Semiprecious vs. Precious - What is the difference between these two types of stones?
K2 Granite is a white granite with blue orbs of azurite. It is a new gem material from Pakistan.
Prasiolite is amethyst that has been heat-treated to a leek-green color.
Hardness Picks - Mohs hardness testing with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks.
Peanut Wood? Yes! It is a very interesting gem material found in Western Australia.
Turritella Agate is a brown agate containing snail fossils from the Green River Formation.
Petrified Palm is often confused with petrified wood. It is a distinctly different material.
Fee Mining sites are mines that you can enter, pay a fee, and keep anything that you find.