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Sun

Calcite was used in World War II for gun sights

Golden Calcite

Calcite (CaCO₃), a carbonate mineral, one of the most common minerals occurs in a great variety of shapes and colors, and it constitutes a major portion of many of the earth’s rocks.

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6

Crystal System
Hexagonal

Mohs
3

1R

  • =6.957×105km

Origin and occurrence: Calcite is a very abundant mineral found in the Earth’s crust. It is found in sedimentary rock. It is usually mined from deep underground or quarried from the surface of the Earth which can be found in various countries in the world including Mexico, the US, England, India, and Germany.

C

i

Crystal System
Triclinic
Mohs
6-6.5

Mercury

Labradorite

Labradorite ((Na,Ca)₁₋₂Si₃₋₂ O₈), a sodium-rich plagioclase feldspar which displays a particular type of iridescence on a dark ground. Labradorite is found in igneous rocks, both plutonic and volcanic.

0.4

AU

Origin and occurrence: Magmatic in gabbros, basalts, anorthosites; metamorphic in amphibolites. Large iridescent aggregates up to 1 m across, come from Nain, Labrador, Quebec, Canada and also occur in Korostenskiy massif, Ukraine and Ylämaa. Finland.

Venus

NEPHRITE jade WAS USED MOSTLY IN CHINA & NEW ZEALAND, PRE-1800

Nephrite

Nephrite (Ca₂(Mg,Fe)₅Si₈O₂₂ (OH)₂,), a variety of the calcium, magnesium, and iron rich amphibole minerals tremolite or actinolite, mostly known for its green varieties.

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2h

Crystal System
Monoclinic

Mohs
6-7

0.7

AU

Origin and occurrence: Nephrite can be found in a translucent white to very light yellow form which is known in China as Khotan Jade, in an opaque white to very light brown or gray which is known as chicken bone jade, as well as in a variety of green colors.

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d

Crystal System
Cubic

Mohs
5.5-6

Earth

Material was first discovered greenland, 1811

Sodalite

Sodalite (Na₈Al₆Si₆O₂₄ Cl₂), a sodium aluminum silicate chloride in the Sodalite group with an isometric crystal system. Its royal blue forms are the best known. As a mineral, it is a principal component of lapis lazuli.

1.0

AU

Origin and occurrence: Magmatic in alkaline syenites and phonolites, associated with nepheline, zircon and titanite; hydrothermal in marbles. Granular aggregates are known from the Princess Sodalite mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada and Ditrau, Romania. Crystals up to 100 mm across come from Kangerdluarssuk, Greenland.

Mars

OBSIDIAN CAN ONLY FORM NEAR ACTIVE VOLCANOES

Mahogany Obsidian

Mahogany Obsidian (SiO₂), a volcanic glass which contains undulating parts of oxidized Hematite or Magnetite, which are usually colored mahogany brown or brick red within a black-colored base material.

C

i

Crystal System
Amorphous

Mohs
5-6

1.5

AU

Origin and occurrence: It is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth. Red or brown obsidian generally results from tiny crystals or inclusions of hematite or limonite (iron oxide).

D

3

Crystal System
Hexagonal

Mohs
6.5-7

Jupiter

TIGER’S EYE WAS FIRST DISCOVERED SOUTH AFRICA, THE EARLY 1800S

Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s Eye (SiO₂), a metamorphic rock with a golden to red-brown colour lustre. It is formed when the Quartz takes over and dissolves the Crocodolite, leaving the Quartz in a finely fibrous and chatoyant form.

5.2

AU

For more than a century, textbooks and museum displays have identified the material as an archetype of pseudomorphism, i.e., the replacement of one mineral by another with the retention of the earlier mineral’s shape. Rather, we argue that tiger’s-eye classically exemplifies synchronous mineral growth through a crack-seal vein-filling process.

Saturn

Calcite was used in World War II for gun sights

Calcite

Calcite (CaCO₃), a carbonate mineral, one of the most common minerals occurs in a great variety of shapes and colors, and it constitutes a major portion of many of the earth’s rocks.

S

6

Crystal System
Hexagonal

Mohs
3

9.5

AU

Origin and occurrence: Calcite is a very abundant mineral found in the Earth’s crust. It is found in sedimentary rock. It is usually mined from deep underground or quarried from the surface of the Earth which can be found in various countries in the world including Mexico, the US, England, India, and Germany.

C

i

Crystal System Triclinic

Mohs
6-6.5

Uranus

AMAZONITE WAS NAMED AFTER THE AMAZON RIVER

Amazonite

Amazonite (KAlSi₃O₈), a mineral of limited occurrence. Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively in the Ilmensky Mountains. For many years, the source of amazonite’s color was a mystery.

19.2

AU

Origin and occurrence: Magmatic in granites, syenites and pegmatites; metamorphic in various rock types, as orthogneisses and migmatites: hydrothermal in the Alpine-type veins and ore veins; a typical rock-forming mineral. Well-formed amazonite crystals up to 40 cm across occur in pegmatite cavities in Crystal Peak, Colorado, USA.

Neptune

Same material used in fiber-optic communication

Synthetic Cat’s eye

Synthetic Cat’s Eye, glass material exhibits a rare optical trait known as chatoyancy. Chatoyancy is the unique ability to reflect light in a way that resembles the slit eye of a cat, hence the name ‘cat’s eye’.

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A

specimen type
human artefact

Mohs
8.5

30.1

AU

Origin and occurrence: The Cat’s Eye stone composed of a substance known as Ulexite, which is spun glass fibers fused together and then machine-cut to form the shapes. Even though the stone is man-made, it still contains the chemical properties of some types of natural glass (primarily Quartz), so it is said to possess the same metaphysical attributes. _

D

3

Crystal System
Hexagonal

Mohs
6.5-7

Pluto

Heliotrope is a very porous stone which reject it’s polish in water

Heliotrope

Heliotrope (SiO₂), also known as bloodstone, is a variety of jasper or chalcedony (which is a cryptocrystalline mixture of quartz).

39.5

AU

The red or brown spots in Bloodstone are formed by iron oxide impurities, especially Hematite. The solid green color is caused by dense inclusions of Chlorite or amphibole minerals inside the Chalcedony. The base color of Bloodstone may be bluish-gray, but it often has an uneven color distribution, with red streaks and spots.