Crystals Part 2 (More Sparkly Things!)

As a follow up to my previous post on crystals, I thought I would share some of the other pieces in my mineral collection. I didn’t include these in my initial post because, unlike the pieces in the first set, these stones have all been cut or polished in some way. Their overall shape and appearance isn’t necessarily representative of how they would look in nature (in other words, the cutting and polishing was done to enhance the natural appearance). Don’t be fooled by how big some look in the pictures. With a few exceptions, most of these minerals are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand–and some could sit on your finger tip!

Azurite (Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2)

Chrome Diopside (CaMg (Fe,Cr) Si2O6)

Rose Quartz (SiO2)

Calcite (CaCO3)

Fluorite (CaF2)

Native copper (Cu)

Malachite ( Cu2CO3(OH)2)
Labradorite ((Ca,Na)[Al(Al,Si)Si2O8)

Galena (PbS)

Muscovite Mica (KAl3Si3O10(OH)2)

Citrine (SiO2)

Amethyst (SiO2)

Smoky Quartz (SiO2)

Phantom quartz (SiO2) Forms when a new crystal grows overtop of an older crystal.

Fluorapatite (Ca2Ca3(PO4)3F)

Lepidolite (K(Li,Al)3(Si,Al)4O10(F,OH)2)

Hematite (Fe2O3)

Amethyst (SiO2)

Quartz (SiO2)

Selenite (CaSO4·2H2O)


  1. Those are very nice pieces, once again. Where is the chromian diopside from (geographically, as opposed to the dealer)? I don’t think I’ve seen any quite that nice before. It reminds me a bit of dioptase, although the chemistry is slightly different.

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    1. Honestly, I’m not sure. The specimen is tiny (dime sized with crystals just under 1mm each)–one from a perky box that I pulled out and mounted to acrylic to display better in my cabinet. Now I can’t seem to find where I put the perky box, which had the information on the bottom label. It does resemble dioptase in color, more so in the picture than in real life.

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  2. Thanks so much for following my blog. 🙂 These are beautiful – I had a piece of rose quartz and another specimen of amethyst when I was little. They were my prized treasures!

    After reading your about page, I think I went through the same desires for jobs, including the florist. Always loved science, particularly geology, but unfortunately it’s not my best subject so I never pursued my dream of being a seismologist!

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    1. Glad to meet a kindred spirit! ^_^ I still remember the first time I was interested in a rock when I was a kid. It was a stone with bits of pyrite on it. I also thought it was a prized treasure too–until my parents informed me that it was “fool’s gold” and not real gold! Heartbreaking. ^_-

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