Sunday’s Gem — Fluorite

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

The only common mineral with perfect cleavage in four directions is Fluorite, also called fluorspar.

Blue Fluorite (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

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Sunday’s Gem — Aquamarine

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

The traditional birthstone for March is the beautiful Aquamarine, a transparent bluish member of the beryl family.

Thanks to healingcrystals.com for this photo of an uncut chunk of Aquamarine

From the Latin for “water of the sea,” Aquamarine once was valued as a green stone; today, it’s traditionally heated to bring out the blue hues the public demands.

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Sunday’s Gem — Garnet

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Most of us think of Garnet as being a blood-red gemstone that’s the birthstone for January.

But did you know Garnet comes in lots of colors, ranging from pinks and purples, to oranges, browns, and vibrant greens? I didn’t either.

Orange, yellow, red, green, and purple African Garnets. Thanks to http://www.geology.com for this photo.

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Sunday’s Gem — Clear Quartz

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Composed of one part silicon and two parts oxygen (silicon dioxide), Clear Quartz (from the Greek “krystallos,” or “ice”) was once thought to be made from water frozen too hard to ever melt.

Quartz cluster, thanks to http://www.soulfulcrystals.co.uk

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