Planetary System Materials List
In the long process of gathering the correct materials for DeskSpace, we worked hard to make sure that the stones we chose represented each planet perfectly. Below we detail how the density of our chosen materials mirror that of the planet’s sphere and how we were able to create a feeling of each gem being a lifelike representation of the real planet.
Mercury planet made by Labradorite Material.
Labradorite ((Na,Ca)₁₋₂Si₃₋₂ O₈), a sodium-rich plagioclase feldspar which displays a particular type of iridescence on a dark ground.
Venus planet made by Nephrite Material.
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.
Earth planet made by Sodalite Material.
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.
Mars planet made by Mahogany Obsidian Material.
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.
Jupiter planet made by Tiger’s Eye Material.
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.
Saturn planet made by Calcite Material.
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.
Uranus planet made by Amazonite Material.
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.
Neptune planet made by Synthetic Cat’s Eye Material.
Synthetic Cat’s Eye 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’.
Pluto planet made by Heliotrope Material.
Heliotrope (SiO₂), also known as bloodstone, is a variety of jasper or chalcedony.
You can also download our material factsheet.