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Rutilated Smoky Quartz Crystal PendantQuartz is the most abundant mineral on Earth. The ideal crystal shape of quartz is a six sided prism with a pyramid at each end. In nature the crystals are often grown together and appear in a mass losing their crystal form. Pure quartz is clear. Colored varieties include rose quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz, and others. The most important distinction between types of quartz is that of crystal structures visible to the unaided eye and those visible only under high magnification. Chalcedony is a generic term for cryptocrystalline quartz which is one of the later types.  Healing Properties 

Rhodochrosite Gemstone Pendant with sterling silver wireworkRhodochrosite is a stunning pink gemstone with very distinctive color and intricate scallop patterns. Itís name comes from a combination of Greek words meaning rose colored. The pink color of this gemstone is the result of manganese ore as it is dissolved in the formation of stalactites and stalagmites in caves and crevices. It is commonly found in Argentina.  Healing Properties   Cabochons

Rhodonite Gemstone CabochonRhodonite is a manganese based mineral. It commonly occurs as a cleavable to compact mass with a pink or rose color, sometimes browning from oxidation.  Rhodonite crystals are rare. Rhodonite is sometimes confused with rhodochrosite.  Rhodonite does not have the pink and white scallop pattern that is distinctive of rhodochrosite. Rhodonite may also be found in a brown or black matrix while rhodochrosite is typically pink and white.  Cabochons
Orbicular Rhyolite CabochonRhyolite is a form of granite. Rhyolite is formed when the minerals which normally make up granite harden above the ground instead of underground. It is rich in the minerals feldspar and quartz, mica and mineral glass.  It has fine grains that cannot be seen with the naked eye.  In the U.S. it is very abundant in California and Oregon. Rhyolite is not rare, but it has some of the most beautiful and unusual patterns and earthy color.   Cabochons
Ruby FuschiteRuby Fuschite is a green variety of muscovite with splashes of ruby. It can have a sparkly shine if the crystals are small. It is often found in compact masses with small crystals. The green color results from the presence of chromiumRuby Fuschite is a beautiful stone with a lovely light green background and splashes of bright magenta throughout the stone.  It is similar to Ruby Ziosite in appearance,  but it is a softer stone and usually lighter in appearance, Ruby Ziosite having a darker green and black background.  
Saginite Gemstone CabochonSaginite has needle like formations of rutile which occurs in groups of crystal crossing at 60 degree angles often enclosed in quartz, agate or other minerals. Saginite may appear to contain fossilized materials but it does not. The rutiles are naturally occurring crystal formations within the rock.   Cabochons
Schalenblende Gemstone CabochonSchalenblende is a quite striking blend of brassy and silvery metallic colors mixed with cream.  Schalenblende is a zinc-lead ore consisting of crusts of brown sphalerite, yellow wurtzite, marcasite and silver-colored galena.  It is mined in southern Poland.  Cabochons
Seraphinite Gemstone Cabochon Seraphinite or Clinochlore is in the chlorite mineral group.  The name Seraphinite comes from the Latin seraphim which refers to angels.  The chatoyant patterns are reminiscent of  feathery wings and are Mica inclusions.   Cabochons
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