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My collection of semi-precious stones has grown a lot, and is still going to grow. ^^ It barely fit to my scanner.. and scanning them is better than photographing.

Let me show you some of the more and less known stones and tell you some interesting facts.

from up, left

1. aventurine, chrysocolla, chalcedony, lepidolite, rose quartz
Chrysocolla: the more blue is contains, the higher grade it is.
Lepidolite is a form of mica.

2. jade, amazonite, chalcedony, 2x amethyst, 2x lapis lazuli (lazurite)
Jades come in huge variety, from light to dark.
Amethyst seems to be the most popular stone.

3. unakite, prehnite, chalcedony (blue lace agate), dumortierite, falcon's eye
Prehnite is usually apple-green colour.
Agate is a type of chalcedony.

4. heliotrope (bloodstone), serpentine (snake stone), aquamarine, sodalite, kyanite, moss agate, hematite
The little dots of red on heliotrope was said to be Christ's blood that got caught on stones under his cross.
Serpentine can be used as anti-venom against snake bite.
Kyanite: long time ago, every blue stone was called kyanite.

5. brown jasper, fluorite, rhyolite, quartz, ulexite, magnezite (howlite)
Fluorite is a stone with a huge colour variety - yellow, green, purple... often making stripes.
Rhyolite is of volcanic origin.
Ulexite has a peculiar optical quality, it shows whatever is behind it on its surface like a little TV - it consists of fibres which lead light, so the image can be seen only through one side, from the other sides it gives the same shiny effect like a tiger's eye.
Howlite is naturally white and sometimes is coloured blue, then it is called turquenite and is used instead of real turquoise.

6. tiger's eye, yellow jasper, smoke quartz, moonstone, almandine (indian garnet), zebra marble
There are 3 types of tiger's eye - red, blue and yellow. Blue is called falcon's and red is called bull's (but only in my country, what a shame.)

7. japser (not sure which type), yellow calcite, citrine, agate, red tiger's eye, mahogany obsidian
Jaspers are opaque stones with an amazing variety of patterns. There is red, yellow, brown, leopardskin, picture, brecciated, dalmatine, picasso, kalahari, oceanic, jungle jasper... some are very hard to categorize. Also heliotrope and unakite belong to jaspers.
Citrine is usually artificially made from amethyst, real citrine is paler and hard to find.

8. leopardskin jasper, chiastolite (cross stone), Botswana agate, rutilated quartz, carnelian, red jasper (probably brecciated)
Chiastolite is a type of andalusite, it always crystallizes in the typical structure. If cut properly, a nice regular cross can be seen.
Quartz with needles of rutile inside is also called Venus's hair (in my country).
Carnelian can be with stripes.


Hope you enjoyed this little lesson of mineralogy. :D
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269-million's avatar
269-million|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this assembly! Chiastolite is a new one to me, by name, though I think I actually have one. Nice to know what it's called, now!
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pralinkova-princezna|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it! ^^ 
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269-million|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed! :)
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VirgaRain's avatar
Clove your collection!  You have some that I don't!  I'm gonna go look them up right now!
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pralinkova-princezna|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
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Gemsona-Trash|Hobbyist General Artist
What a gorgeous collection you have! Fluorite is one of my favorites, that's a gorgeous piece of it! :D
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pralinkova-princezna|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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pniesbunnis's avatar
I like the bottom third from the left.
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pralinkova-princezna|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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Galactica-Panthera|Hobbyist General Artist
What is the green one with the black spots
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pralinkova-princezna|Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is all in the description
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SamaSama-Sama's avatar
Beautiful arrangement of colors you have here. I'd love to have that many loose gemstones myself. So far my collection consists of a lapis lazuli, a jasper (don't recall what kind) that was carved into the shape of a heart, a rose quarts also in the shape of a heart and this huge chunk of amethyst I've had since childhood that seems to have teleported itself into another dimension because I can't find it...
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pralinkova-princezna|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! I went shopping for them many times to various places. Good luck finding your stone.
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SamaSama-Sama| General Artist
I've gotten most of my gems from a company called Earth's Energy thusfar. They always set up at fairs and carnivals so depending on where you are, you should check them out if you get a chance. The guy working the stalls is always really nice and he can talk your ear off about gemstones and their origins.
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mossagateturtle|Hobbyist Photographer
Aventurine also can be orange, red and even blue (I have a blue one)

Even smoky and rose quartz can be rutilated.

Some forms of jasper (such as the jungle and the leopardskin) are actually rhyolite.
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pralinkova-princezna|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, good to know. :)
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Conceptbro|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's fantastic. I have a couple chunks of that almandine stuff and was trying to identify it using the internet but came up dry, so this just learned me a thing or two. Thanks.
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pralinkova-princezna|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it was helpful. :D
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Conceptbro|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Certainly was.
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Conceptbro|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have actually several specimens of the various stones in the picture, now that i think of it. Wouldn't mind getting my hands on some more Malachite one day, maybe find a guy to cut one of the pieces i have into a marble shape or something.
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Chaosfive-55|Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!!
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pralinkova-princezna|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:aww: You're welcome!
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