Rose quartz is a pink colored quartz. The nickname for rose quartz is pink ice. The stone gets its pink coloring from the titanium impurities within it. Rose quartz is rarely found in the crystal formation common to the clear quartz. The rose quartz you can find with Diamond Del comes from Brazil.
Quartz forms in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth. Most of the sand on the beach is nothing more than tiny pieces of quartz. When quartz forms as a crystal, it will have a point and six sides if it has not been broken or crushed. The clearer the quartz, the more valuable it is. The quartz you can find with Diamond Del comes from Brazil.
Pyrite is a shiny, yellow mineral that has a brassy look. Its nickname is “fool’s gold” because it is often mistaken for gold. One way to tell the difference between the two is to hit it with a hammer. Pyrite will break into pieces while real gold will only bend. The pyrite you can find with Diamond Del comes from Brazil.
Pumice is a very light rock formed from volcanic ash. It is known as the “floating rock” because it is the only rock in the world that will float in water. Pumice can be found in colors such as red, brown, black, and white. The pumice you can find in DiamondDel’s gem mine is white pumice.
Calcite is found in many different colors. One of the prettiest of these is orange. Calcite fizzles when it is placed in vinegar. Calcite is used to make chalk.
Hematite is a very heavy mineral made mostly of iron. It its natural form, it appears red. When it is polished, it has a silver tint and is smooth and shiny. Many people wear jewelry such as beads and crosses that are made of hematite because it is so pretty when it is polished.
Garnets are the small, reddish-purple colored rock. It is the January birthstone and a very popular stone to wear in jewelry. Hold it up to the light and you can really see the garnet’s beautiful color.
Blue Quartz is the medium-shaded blue stone in the gem mine. When it is polished, blue quartz resembles blue topaz.
Blue Calcite is the lightest of the blue stones in the gem mine. Its nickname is blue ice.
Aventurine is a green colored quartz. It comes in light to dark shades of green. Some shades of aventurine look a lot like emeralds, and it is often mistaken for emerald. However, just like an emerald, the aventurine can be polished into a beautiful green stone. You might find smooth and rough aventurine.
Amethyst is a purple quartz crystal. It is the February birthstone and the state gemstone of S.C. It is one of the most popular stones worn in jewelry. It gets its purple color from iron impurities. Amethyst may be found in light to dark shades of purple. The amethyst you can find with Diamond Del comes from one of the largest amethyst mines in Brazil.
Tiger Eye is a gem that contains tiny fibers that reflect light in an unusual way. When light reflects off it, it resembles light reflecting off a tiger or cat’s eye. Tiger eye can be found in blue and red, but it most commonly appears in yellow. It if found mostly in Africa.
Fluorite can be found in many different colors such as purple, green, and clear. Sometimes all three colors can be found in the same stone. Fluorite is used in the making of lens for telescopes.
Citrine is the November birthstone. It is a beautiful yellow colored crystal.