I first made this post in May, back when I first started this blog. (Seriously, it was my third post!) It’s an oldie-but-goody, so I wanted to republish and hopefully breathe some life back into it.
Crystals and minerals are an integral part of the story in the Records of the Ohanzee series. I have been an admirer and collector of mineral specimens for years. As a scientist, I find the relationship between a mineral’s chemical composition and appearance/crystal structure to be fascinating. (The fact that minerals are sparkly and brightly colored certainly doesn’t reduce my interest either. ^_-)
These are some of the minerals from my personal collection, labeled with their actual name and chemical composition. Below the real-life labels, I’ve also identified their type using the naming convention from Renatus. I hope that these images can serve as a visual guide for some of the crystals described in the books!
Below is a guide to the crystal naming convention used in Renatus:
(Note: crystals are named first by color, then by type.)
|Fire: Red/Yellow/Orange||Fire: Pointed/Jagged|
|Water: Blue/Purple||Water: Smooth/rounded|
|Earth: Brown/Green/Black||Earth: Smooth/flat|
|Metal: Metallic||Metal: Geometric/90 deg angles|
|Air: White/Grey/Pastels||Air: Fluffy/Cotton-like appearance|
|Spirit: Clear/Transparent||Spirit: Spirit crystals are determined solely by color|