What would you say when I ask which gemstone is the prettiest? Most will probably say diamond, ruby or sapphire. But I’m going to show you some of the most beautiful gemstones that you may not know. This list combines commonly known gems, like opal and amethyst, with some rare and exotic minerals. They represent some… Read More »50 Most Beautiful Gemstones You’ve Ever Seen
There’s no question that Mother Nature has been generous enough to give us countless gifts of everything we need to survive. Not to mention the breathtaking landscapes and adorable animals that make our hearts melt. But sometimes we can get stuck in the fast pace of our urban lifestyles and barely even notice the beauty surrounding us.
Every rockhound loves a good geode, and the best are those we’ve gathered ourselves. While it can be tempting to start busting every rock you find with a rock pick, you can usually tell before you attack. Geodes are a specific formation and can usually be identified by their round shape and bumpy texture. These reliable indicators don’t tell the whole story, however. So, let’s go a bit further and give you an overview of how to tell if a rock is a geode.
Say Hi to CHLORASTROLITE, the mineral that has more names than Carters had liver pills. Yes, that was pretty bad…. and also sad that I am choosing to date myself. Chlorastrolite is native to Michigan where the residents refer to it as the “Green Turtle Stone.” It is also known as “Isle Royale Greenstone” (refering