My Rock and Mineral Collection

Below are pictures and descriptions (when known) of rocks and minerals in my collection.  Click on each thumbnail for a larger view.

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This picture shows the majority of my collection displayed on two of my ceramic incense burners.

 

 
 

Individual Specimens:

   
Ocean Jasper chunk
 
 
 
Ocean Jasper slice
 
 
   
Pyrite
 
 
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Vanadinite
Mibladen, Morocco

 

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Pyromorphite (also called campylite when it appears as barrel-shaped crystals like the specimen above)
Guanxi, China

 

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Malachite
Congo

 

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Hieroglyphic Stones
 
The lines and markings that look like hieroglyphics on these stones are actually ancient petrified plant life.  The light colored markings are made of jasper.  When the ancient plants preserved in these stones died and fell to the ground, they were covered by a red clay rich in silica.  Jasper, a silica-rich mineral, replaced the carbon in the plants and fossilized them.  The hardened red clay that surrounds the petrified plant life is soft and can be scratched with a knife.  

 

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