The S'more The Merrier

dioptase, pyrite, anhydrite, and sulfur

Dioptase

Facts:

Color- deep green

Luster- vitreous

Diaphaneity- transparent to translucent with crystals

Hardness- 5

Cleavage- perfect in three directions forming rhombohedrons

Streak- green

Formula- Cu Si O H O

Information:

Dioptase is a mineral that is often found in desert areas and is known to be very beautiful and unique. Dioptase is said to be a treasure because it is one of the few gemstone minerals that is so appealing with the deep green/ emerald color. The specimens in dioptase are usually dark colored and show the developed crystals. This mineral is often called the "Dioptase Healing Crystal" because research conducted on children and adults with the mineral showed the following; It connects emotional heart with spiritual heart to receive abundance, promotes genuineness, sincerity, emotional balance, self-worth, and deep well-being. Also, it helps the Central Nervous System, lungs, heart, blood pressure, and stress. Furthermore, it was said that it can send healing deep into the earth. Dioptase is known to be a very soft cut mineral, so it is kept from being used for jewelry. Once, it was used to highlight the edges of eyes on the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B lime plaster statues. Although dioptase can't be used for jewelry or special everyday life uses, it can be used for different, elegant things as well as spiritual and health situations. So, this is why you should purchase the dioptase mineral.

Images of Dioptase:

Birthstone:

Amethyst

Facts & Information:


  • Variety of: Quartz
  • Formula: SiO
  • Uses: Gemstones and ornamental stones.
  • Birthstone for: February
  • Color: various shades of purple
  • Hardness: 7
  • Cleavage: none
  • Crystal system: trigonal


Amethyst is a very beautiful, popular and purple gemstone. It is often found in southern parts of the world like Brazil, Uruguay, and Madagascar. Amethyst is the most valuable of the quarts minerals and its main use is for ornamental jewelry; rings and earrings."Amethyst has had many uses in ancient and medieval times. For instance, it was used to overcome addictions. Many people that had hearing disorders, headaches, or pain used Amethyst as a way to treat it. Amethyst was also used for insomnia and to stabilize mental disorders," said on http://gemstoneeducation.com. In my opinion, I feel amethyst is a very valuable gemstone because of its beauty and uses. You can use it to show off a sense of fashion with jewelry and also is said to stabilize many health conditions. So in conclusion, amethyst is a very valuable and beautiful gemstone that is worth collecting, wearing, and purchasing.

Other Minerals:

2. Pyrite- Noah:

Facts/Info-


  • Color is brassy yellow.
  • Luster is metallic.
  • Transparency: Crystals are opaque.
  • Cleavage is very indistinct.
  • Fracture is conchoidal.
  • Hardness is 6 - 6.5
  • Streak is greenish black.
  • Formula FeS


Reasons why you should purchase:

-Known as fools gold

- Can be used as a gemstone

- Can have up to .25% of gold in it

- Since the price of gold is so expensive, pyrite is worth purchasing because they are similar in look.

3. Anhydrite- Katlyn:

Facts/Info-


  • Color is ordinarily white, gray or colorless but also blue to violet.
  • Luster is vitreous.
  • Transparency crystals are transparent to translucent.
  • Cleavage is in three directions forming rectangles, but perfect in one, very good in another and only marginally good in the third direction.
  • Fracture is conchoidal.
  • Hardness is 3.5
  • Streak is white.
  • Formula CaSO

Reasons why you should purchase:

- Makes cement

- Used in sulfuric acid



4. Sulfur- Ellie:

Facts/Info-


  • Color is a strong yellow color in thick crystals and duller yellow in small crystals to pale yellow in massive or powdery forms. Can also be reddish or greenish yellow with impurities.
  • Luster is vitreous to more often resinous or earthy in massive forms.
  • Transparency is transparent to translucent.
  • Cleavage is very poor in two directions.
  • Fracture is conchoidal.
  • Streak is yellow.
  • Hardness is 2.
  • Formula S

Reasons why you should purchase:

- Native mineral

- Used in gun powder

- Used to disinfect blood