“Mineral” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “beauty” but this selection of the world’s most beautiful minerals and stones is going to change your mind.
A mineral is a “naturally occurring substance that is solid and inorganic representable by a chemical formula, and has an ordered atomic structure.” Rocks, unlike minerals, don’t have a specific chemical composition, and can be made of both minerals or non-minerals. Although there are over 4,900 known types of minerals, the ones here are just a small sample of beauty our planet has to offer.
Without further adieu,let your eyes feast on some of the world’s most beautiful minerals and stones straight from Mother Earth. And they say diamond’s are a girls best friend…not anymore!
1. Sunset Fire Opal
Fire opals are unique in the lush world of the opals. They were already admired as symbols of the most fervent love in ancient times, in India and in the ancient Persian kingdom, and among the peoples of Central America and the Amerindians. It was believed that a gem that bubbled over with vivacity to such an extent as the fire opal could only have been created in the waters of paradise. The fire opal is regarded as the national gemstone of Mexico.
2. Luz Opal With Galaxy Inside
Bismuth is a chemical element with symbol Bi and atomic number 83. Bismuth is a brittle metal with a white, silver-pink hue, often occurring in its native form, with an iridescent oxide tarnish showing many colors from yellow to blue. The spiral, stair-stepped structure of bismuth crystals is the result of a higher growth rate around the outside edges than on the inside edges. The variations in the thickness of the oxide layer that forms on the surface of the crystal causes different wavelengths of light to interfere upon reflection, thus displaying a rainbow of colors.
4. Ocean Inside An Opal
Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica. Its water content may range from 3% to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6% to 10%. Because of its amorphous character it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike the other crystalline forms of silica which are classed as minerals. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl and basalt.
5. Worlds Biggest Amethyst Geode – The ‘empress Of Uruguay’
6. Rose Quartz Geode
Geodes are rocks that are plain on the outside but can have beautiful crystals on the inside. In the Greek language, geode means “shape of the earth”, and geodes are round like earth or oblong like an egg. They can be a couple inches or several feet in size.
7. Lightning Ridge Black Opal
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia. The Lightning Ridge area is a world-renowned centre of the mining of black opals and other opal gemstones. Lightning Ridge has the largest known deposits of black opals in the world.
Fluorite (also called fluorspar) is the mineral form of calcium fluoride, CaF2. It belongs to the halide minerals. It crystallizes in isometric cubic habit, although octahedral and more complex isometric forms are not uncommon.
9. Opal Petrified Wood
10. Burmese Tourmaline
Tourmaline (/ˈtʊərməliːn/ TOOR-mə-leen) is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors.
12. Chrysocolla In Malachite
Chrysocolla-Malachite is one of the most beautiful and colorful semi precious gemstone cabochon materials around! Chrysocolla stone, a copper silicate, blends well with Malachite, a copper carbonate. These colorful blue green gemstone material is found in the oxidation zone of major copper deposits.
13. Watermelon Tourmaline
These particular pieces are likely rich in Lithium which is where it gets its interesting color scheme. The very sharp transition in color comes from stark contrasts in fluid chemistry during development.
15. Titanium Quartz
Metal-coated crystals are natural crystals, such as quartz, whose surface has been coated with metal to give them an iridescent metallic sheen. Crystals treated this way are used as gemstones and for other decorative purposes. Possible coatings include gold (resulting in a stone called aqua aura), indium, titanium, niobium and copper.
17. Botswana Agate
Botswana Agate is a variety of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. It is predominantly banded in shades of pink and gray, though some layers may contain a muted brown or apricot. Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence.
18. Realgar On Calcite
Realgar is an oddball among the sulfides. It is one of only a few sulfides that are not metallic or opaque or blandly colored. Its structure is analogous to that of sulfur and resembles sulfur in most respects except for color (the name “ruby sulfur” has been applied to realgar).
20. Fluorite/quartz/pyrite Combination
Crocoite is commonly found as crystals, usually as long prismatic crystals and more rarely as equant crystals, but are most often poorly terminated, and are usually of a bright hyacinth-red color, which are translucent and have an adamantine to vitreous lustre. When fine grained it can be bright yellow to orange, and some crystals are dark red.
Sphaerocobaltite is a beautiful and colorful mineral. It is also known as cobaltocalcite and cobaltian-calcite. However, these names are often used when referring to calcite that has an appreciable amount of cobalt in its structure as an impurity. The result of the presence of the cobalt is that the calcite is colored a pale pink.
23. Tourmaline On Quartz With Lepidolite And Cleavelandite
Lepidolite is a lilac-gray or rose-colored phyllosilicate mineral. Cleavelandite’s thin, ultra pale, tabular sheets are sometimes interspersed as in this case with other minerals such as Mica, Lepidolite or Tourmaline.