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Nickelaustinite (TL) and Wendwilsonite (TL)    Aghbar, Bou Azer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco

Nickelaustinite (TL) and Wendwilsonite (TL) Aghbar, Bou Azer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco

Birthstones By Month Infographic

Birthstones By Month Infographic

♦◊ Gems ◊ Stones ◊♦ An infographic guide to each month’s birthstone. The most interesting facts about the stone or gem symbols about the month you were born.

Reserved Fluorrichterite Rare Black Mineral from by FenderMinerals

Reserved Fluorrichterite Rare Black Mineral from by FenderMinerals (also found in wilberforce Ontario)

Thick Prehnite Formation from Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, Passaic County, New Jersey

Thick Prehnite Formation - The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom

August Birthstone: Peridot. Here it is both cut and uncut.

Precious gem variety of olivine. One of the few gems that occurs in only one color. A celestial, astronomical mineral found in meteorites. At one time, it was more valuable than diamonds. Birth stone for August.

Variscite: a hydrous aluminum phosphate. It was first discovered in the Vogtland District of Germany. The material is usually veined with other minerals such as millisite or wardite. Colors of varisite vary only slightly between yellow green to slightly darker greens. The material is often misidentified as turquoise. Variscite is actually quite rare and beautiful. It is inexpensive because it is not a well known, therefore there is little demand for it.

RP: Variscite - a hydrous aluminum phosphate, often misidentified as Turquoise.

Mangonoan Smithsonite - Tsumeb, Namibia. 8.5 x 5 x 5 cm. This specimen is regarded by many as one of the very best of its type, in which the red color is due to Manganese instead of to cobalt as are most pink smithsonites worldwide. This pocket was a one-time hit in the early 1980's. One of the top few specimens recovered, perhaps even the finest if you account for its 3-dimensionality. The crystals have a distinct red color compared to the pink cobaltian varietals. Photo John Schneider

Red smithsonite Ex Nauke Oechslin Collection purchased Africa early

Chalcoprite with Quartz, Pyrite, Calcite      Eriko Shinyama onto Mineral

Chalcoprite with Quartz, Pyrite, Calcite Eriko Shinyama onto Mineral

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