Monthly Archives July 2018

Kyanite – A Stone that Aligns

Kyanite is a well-known and beautiful silicate mineral that mainly occurs in shades of blue. It is found in masses, but more commonly as long bladed crystals, or somewhat fibrous looking blades or shards. Blue is the main color by far (most valuable are the dark blue ones), but kyanite can also be found as black, white, green, pink, and yellow. The Mohs hardness ranges from around 5-7 depending on where you measure it. If vertical, it is 4.5 to 5.5 on the Mohs scale, while being 6-7 if measured horizontally. Despite being a bit brittle, it’s beautiful blue color
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The Properties of Garnet

Garnet is a well-known gemstone that actually comprises several varieties of similar minerals that go by different names and colors but are all collectively known as “garnet”. Names like almandine, andradite, grossular, pyrope, and spessartine might not sound familiar, but they are all just different kinds of garnet. The hardness ranges from 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, so garnet is a pretty hard gemstone, no matter what the variety. In fact, the harder varieties of garnet are being used as abrasive material in some industries. The color of garnet differs depending on what type of garnet it is.
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