The S'more the Merrier
Fluorite - "The Most Colorful Mineral in the World"
If you're one for beautiful colors, check out fluorite !
Fluorite can be used in camera lenses to take pictures.
Fluorite can also be used in jewelry.
Fluorite can be used to make lamps.
Pyrite, my first runner up !
Pyrite, which is known as “fool’s gold” always gets mistaken for gold because of the same color and shape. This mineral is known for having a beautiful luster and interesting crystals, it is amazing that you can find that mineral almost in every style environment. Pyrite’s structure is similar to galena’s structure because of the formula PbS. The difference is that the single sulfur of galena is replaced by a pair of sulfurs in pyrite. Pyrite, even though called “fool’s gold”, does contain a high percentage of iron and has never been used for its iron. The iron ore for pyrite are hematite and magnetite. If ores ever became scarce, then pyrite would be a good source for iron. Some descriptions about pyrite would be its color gold, its luster is metallic, its hardness is almost right in the middle at 6 – 6.5, its streak is dark green and its tenacity is brittle (which means it can break easily). Pyrite has the same formula as the rarer mineral Marcasite (FeS2), but it crystallizes differently and in a different system.
- Mark Biliunas
Graphite - the mineral that's third best
- Praisy Bigivunas
Lastly, let's talk about Kyanite