Minerals!

Quartz, Talc, Gold, Fluorite, and Amethyst

Quartz

Normally, quartz is glassy looking but can also look waxy depending on the form of quartz you find/buy. Quartz is absolutely gorgeous and can be used as a decoration in your home! This mineral is my personal favorite simply because of the way it looks, the way it reflects light, and the beautiful colors that it comes in. Quartz can be many different colors such as pink, like rose quartz, or brown, like smokey quartz. The physical properties of quartz are as follows: hardness is a 7 on the Moh's scale, its cleavage is weak, and its streak is white. Quartz, no matter what, is a very beautiful and valuable mineral and there are so many different colors to choose from!
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My Birthstone, the Amethyst

The Amethyst is a beautiful form of quartz in a deep purple shade. It's named amethyst because the Greeks believed that this stone would ward off alcohol's effects. But they could also have been talking about the wine-like color of the stone. Amethyst isn't as expensive as other stones simply because of its 'widespread availability'. Although it isn't expensive, it is used in many gorgeous pieces of jewelry and is used as a decoration in some homes.