Quartz is the most common mineral found on the Earths surface. It is a significant component of many igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. This natural form of silicon dioxide is found in an impressive range of varieties and colours. There are many names for different varieties. Cryptocrystalline varieties of quartz are generally separated into chalcedony, which includes agate.
The main members of the quartz family are clear (rock crystal), smoky, citrine, rose, amethyst and prasiolite. There are also varieties of quartz with inclusions like rutile, tourmaline, copper and chlorite.
Jet is not actually a stone but the fossilised remains of the water logged monkey puzzle tree and occurs in black or dark brown and is a variety of coal known as lignite with the finest jet coming from England.
Jet has a long history of use with Jet jewellery being produced in Britain as long ago as 1500 B.C. and the ancient Romans importing Jet jewellery made in York. Jet carvings were also used as talismans and for mourning in 14th and 15th century Spain.
Diamond has many unequaled qualities and is very unique among minerals.
It is the hardest known substance being a 10 on the Mohs scale, and is 40 times harder than Corundum, which is number 9 on the Mohs scale.
It is the greatest conductor of heat, it has the highest melting point of any substance (7362° F/4090° C). Because of heat conduction, Diamonds are cold to the feel at or below room temperature. When heated, a Diamond will remain hot long after the heat source is removed.
A Diamond has the highest refractive index of any natural mineral. It also has the most dense atomical configuration of any mineral, and is transparent over the greatest number of wavelengths.
Aquamarine is probably the most well known of the beryl family and ranges in colour from an almost colourless pale blue to blue-green or teal. The most prized colour is a deep blue version of aquamarine is called maxixe. Maxixe is commonly found in the country of Madagascar. Its color fades to white when exposed to sunlight or is subjected to heat treatment, though the colour returns with irradiation.
It is 7.5-8 on the Mohs’ scale of hardness and gets its name from Latin words meaning water and sea. The gemstone Aquamarine is the modern March birthstone as adopted by the American National Association of Jewellers in 1912. Aquamarine is also suggested as a gem to give on the 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries.
The aquamarine is the stone of sailors, believing it would be protection for them on water. Folklore says the aquamarine will protect against gossip. It is also said the aquamarine will pick up spirits. It is an excellent stone to use for meditating.
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