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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Topaz Tuesday

What do you get when you combine a gem with radiation?

Mineral Monday: Rutile

We are now almost halfway through November. Kind of shocking, isn’t it? 2011, you have flown by at far too brisk a pace. This week’s mineral is rutile. Rutile is one of those funky minerals that is both useful and pretty, but it is usually at its best when paired with another stone or product. […]

Mineral Monday: Afghanite

Mondays making you blue? Here’s a mineral for you. Afghanistan isn’t exactly known for it’s great wealth of natural resources, despite the hullabaloo last year over the recently re-discovered mineral deposits in the county. What Afghanistan does have is a mineral named after the country. Afghanite has the impossible chemical formula (Na,Ca,K)8(Al6Si6O24)(Cl2,SO4,CO3)3· 0.5H2O. It was […]