Found near the small village of Shunga in Russia, the remarkable mineral formed naturally more than two billion years ago from living single-cell organisms.
This egg-shaped cryptocrystalline quartz is made up of a very dense combination of tiny crystals. The Quartz is interspersed with iron oxide deposits which is what makes it so heavy.
Pyrite is a common mineral found in a wide variety of geological formations in many parts of the world.
Wood turns to stone when a tree becomes buried under sediment and the lack of oxygen initially prevents it from decomposing. Water flowing through the remains deposit minerals, mostly silicate, in the plants cells and as the plant slowly decays; the stone mould takes its place.
Palmer River Gold
Today, Palmer River Gold is rarer than diamonds, but in the 1800’s prospectors could collect nuggets as big as 13 ounces.
Named after the creek where this Jasper is found in West Australia (Mooka Creek), Mookaite is fast becoming a wellrecognised Australian semiprecious stone. The amazing colours reflect the Australian outback in its ochre hues.
The Gemstone that fell to Earth. Moldavite is the product of a meteor collision with the Earth that occurred 15 to 25 million years ago in the Moldau River valley in the Czech republic.
From a country plagued by civil war and fighting for independence since the early 1900’s comes a mineral so beautiful that it is difficult to accept it without consideration for the turmoil of its people.
One of the most significant stones in world history, Lapis Lazuli has been mined in Afghanistan as early as the 7th millenium BC! It was used for the eyebrows on the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun.
Labradorite is a combination of calcium and sodium.
Admired around the world, gemstone globes are created using semi-precious gemstones.
What once was ocean now is desert… The extinct sea creatures embedded in this unique stone are two varieties of the same Cephalapod class which lived somewhere between 480 million and 66 million years ago.
Copal is a younger version of Amber. While copal is more readily available and less valuable than true Amber, it is often sold as Amber. A simple way to test the difference between Amber and Copal is that Copal will become sticky when rubbed with acetone, while Amber will not.
Bismuth in its pure elemental form is unattractive, however, laboratory grown Bismuth is spectacular.
Amethyst belongs to the Quartz family and derives its name from the Greek Amethystos – meaning ‘not drunken’ as it was thought to ward off drunkenness.
Agate is a common cryptocrystalline silicate which occurs readily in various environments.
The Crystal Caves in Atherton built in 1987 to house the extensive collection in such a way that you can touch and photograph over 600 specimens.
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