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page 25 of the online mineral museum: blue, bold, and beautiful

2011-03-17 - 10:04 a.m.


2011 by elaine radford

kyanite, north carolina

Wonder why they call it the "blues?" How about a stroll through the blue section of the mineral cabinet? The picture up top contains two examples of Kyanite, from North Carolina. The larger piece is a crystal cluster of the Kyanite blades. The smaller piece is a cross-shaped crystal that captivated our imagination.

Pretty sure it's a Celestite crystal but I have lost the label and will have to double-check when I get the chance.

Larimar is a pale blue volcanic stone from the Dominican Republic. We're cut a flat face on the rough stone to show the blue, but we've got smaller nuggets of Larimar that we'll cut for cabochons before we consider cutting up this one. It's a good-sized piece of this unusual material.

A well-marked, well-banded specimen of an American blue agate. This stone is not dyed; it is naturally this color. It is natural rough and hasn't been polished in any way. Maybe someday. It could stand to be cleaned sooner than that; as soon as I saw it sitting out on the rock table, I had to rush it inside to the mineral cabinet.

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