Learning about minerals and their properties when I took mineralogy in college really made me realize what my personal list of the most beautiful minerals are. Some aren't necessarily brightly colored or a precious gem, but rather ones that have unique attributes that make them beautiful! I hope you enjoy this list of most beautiful minerals and learn a little something, too!
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This mineral isn't particularity beautiful in color or luster (it's a brownish red), but it's shape is truly amazing. It forms as a twin crystal, meaning it looks like two crystals grew in and through each other. They usually look like an x-shape but this mineral is famous for its cross shape. I think what draws me to it the most is the perfect crystal shape it has! It's not rock-like or bulbous at all. It's so unique that it has to make the list of most beautiful minerals!
Tourmaline is interesting because it's named the "gemstone of the rainbow" for its many color variations! A lot of times a tourmaline stone will have more than one color and no two stones are alike! These gemstones come in colors of blue, red, green, yellow, and pink with varying shapes, sizes and faces. It's considered the gemstone of love and friendship and is very popular for its availability, durability and of course, beauty!
This copper-iron gemstone is incredibly popular and loved in many spheres of culture and fashion. Its brilliant blue hue and green undertones are gorgeous and add something special to the person wearing that stone. It's known to be the oldest stone, dating back to 3000 B.C. in Egypt within Persian kingdoms. It's used in gemstone therapy to aid in depression because the color is so brilliant that it makes us feel happy and cheerful!
Malachite is rich in copper, giving it a wonderfully green color. It has a very distinct pattern of banding and concentric rings that make it super easy to recognize and strikingly gorgeous. It's quite popular in jewelry and ornamental objects and is a less expensive alternative to the similar precious gemstone, jade. In gem therapy, malachite is believed to be a stone of balance within relationships.
This mineral is so unique because it's not in crystal form but rather it's a chunky rock with a gorgeous iridescent face. Inside the mineral are fractures that cause it to reflect light back and forth, revealing a metallic glow of many colors. It stands out from literally any other mineral and makes beautiful beads and jewelry once cut and polished!
Agate is a quartz mineral that is very distinctive in appearance and also comes in many varying colors and patterns. To define an agate it must have the characteristic banding, otherwise it's not a true agate. It's a popular and inexpensive gemstone used in jewelry and has a ton of different names associated with location and coloring! I personally love the look of the Blue Lace Agate and the Snakeskin Agate!
The mineral corundum isn't exactly a recognizable name by most people. But did you know that a gemstone quality corundum is either a ruby or sapphire?! That's right, these two stones are the same mineral but just have varying elements that give them either the deep sapphire blue or ruby red. These gemstones are much rarer than other varying colors of corundum, which is why they are highly valued!
I love minerals and gemstones and find them so interesting! How they are formed, what causes the brilliant colors and patterns to arise and the variety they bring are all aspects that made me fall in love with mineralogy. What are some of your favorite minerals? There are so many that it's hard to pick only a few to love!
Sources: galleries.com, gemstone.org, gemstone.org, geology.com, galleries.com, crystal-cure.com
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