Tucson Show 2016

The Tucson Show 2016 is larger than ever! Tom Kapitany takes a wander through the shows. And Buys! Tucson  Show 2016 is on right now. For two weeks near the start of every year, Tucson becomes playground number one for the world of international gem and mineral trading, buying, bargains and bragging rights. Here’s what …

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Cutting Rainbow Lattice Sunstone with Steve Hompot

Lapidary is the art and science of cutting gemstones. A Rainbow Lattice Sunstone cut by Steve Hompot has sold for $1000 at a recent Bonhham’s Auction. Rainbow Lattice Sunstone is an extremely rare form of gem orthoclase feldspar displaying aventurescence and adularescence due to the oriented inclusions of ilmenite and hematite. Occurring in a very …

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Tourmaline Mining

Tourmaline Mining exploration with Crystal World Tom Kapitany with Patrick Gundersen , David Sheumack and Rob Horner are doing a little exploring for gem tourmaline. Tourmaline in our shop Tourmaline is a six-member ring cyclosilicate having a trigonal crystal system. It occurs as long, slender to thick prismatic and columnar crystals that are usually triangular in cross-section, often with curved striated faces. The …

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Mineral News

Mineral News Mineral news and specimens in our shop World’s longest continental volcano chain in Australia Scientists have discovered the world’s longest known chain of continental volcanoes, running 2,000 kilometres across Australia, from the Whitsundays in North Queensland to near Melbourne in central Victoria. The volcanic chain was created over the past 33 million years, …

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Crystal News

Tourmaline Crystals Tourmaline crystals do occur as gem quality in Australia. Tourmaline Crystals from our new mine, See the dig here Crystal World Shop 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 …

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Fossil News

Fossil News Fossil news from around the world. Fossils in our shop Shane McAlister conserves and reconstructs a Mosasaur at Crystal World Mosasaurus was among the last of the mosasaurids and among the largest. As with most mosasaurids, the legs and feet ofMosasaurus were modified into flippers, and the front flippers were larger than the …

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