TOP 5 MOST BEAUTIFUL MINERALS EVER FOUNDDate: 2018-12-15
So you think a diamond is so amazing? Wait until you see what else mother nature can create.
Yup, that's right, there are far better things out there than the ever-commercialised diamond. For instance, behold some of Mother Nature's absolutely fabulous gemstones:
One day a man was exploring a gemstone and uranium mine near Canada discovers Blue Azurite which is one of the most visually stunning gemstones. Azurite is quite rare as far as gemstones go.
2) Rubellite and Pink Tourmaline
Red and pink tourmalines come in many different shades, from a light, delicate pink, a "bubble-gum" pink, a fine hot pink to intense ruby-like red, called 'rubellite' from the Latin 'rubellus', meaning reddish. Tourmaline is produced in pegmatites. ... When the liquids begin to cool, the minerals crystallize and form Tourmaline crystals. The host rock around these pegmatites is generally granite or schits. Some species will also grow in metamorphic rock such as marble.
3) Titanium Quartz
Titanium molecules are bonded to the quartz by the natural electrostatic charge of the crystal in a process known as magnetron ionization. The brilliant colour of flame aura is the result of optical interference effects produced by layers of titanium.
4) Fire Opal
Fire Opal is a variety of opal that has a bright yellow, bright orange or bright red background colour. It is formed from a solution of silicon dioxide and water. As water runs down through the earth, it picks up silica from sandstone and carries this silica-rich solution into cracks and voids, caused by natural faults or decomposing fossils.
5) Galaxy Opal
The Galaxy is the world's largest polished opal, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992. It was found at the Boi Morto Mine in northeastern Brazil in 1976. It is today part of a private collection.