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October 2017

Tourmalinated Quartz

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Tourmalinated quartz gets its name from the needle-like crystals of black tourmaline found within the quartz. Extremely high temperatures and pressure caused the two minerals to liquefy and mix together. Upon cooling the tourmaline crystalized within the gradually hardened quartz, forming the unique black needle inclusions. Most tourmalinated quartz is mined in Minas Gerais, Brazil, but can be found in many parts of the world.

Agate and Jasper and Chalcedony, oh my!

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What’s the big difference? Not a lot, as it turns out.

Agate and jasper are considered part of the chalcedony family, so think of them as the offspring of chalcedony. All three are classified as quartz.


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Just as soon as you think you’ve seen Jay’s coolest Mine Finds, he comes up with another! If you enjoyed his trilobite necklace, then you’re in for another fossil treat. And not just any fossil either, but a red iridescent ammonite that positively shines!

A Primer on Escences, in Essence

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We’ve all been wowed by the special effects displayed by various rocks and minerals at one time or another. But did you know there are more to them then colors, shine and sparkles? Most all give off an iridescence of some kind, which is a general term for the play of light on the gem’s internal crystal structure resulting in a rainbow of color. Here are the most common types of iridescence.

Hessonite Garnet

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Jay has the perfect stone for the fall season! It’s called Hessonite, also known as Cinnamon stone, and it is orangelicious! It’s actually a variety of garnet and the distinctive orange color is from the element manganese.