Hobby of Minerals


Alan Santos, Contributor

Till this day I can still remember doing a protect in elementary school where I would play with minerals, examples include sandstone, lava rock lime stone. Even ancient Egyptians knew the value of stones and are worth even more today.

  1. Opal is my ultimate favorite mineral because of its bright colors reminds me of space like all the galaxies in one place. its super rare to find it deep inside earth but once it comes out its a beauty.

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Sapphires have been treasured for thousands of years due to its beautiful natural blue color the ancient Romans polished sapphires to be worn as jewelry. Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world. Gemstones are rated on their ability to withstand scratching.

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  • Emerald is the birthstone of May and is the traditional gift for wedding anniversary in the US. like any other stone its not pretty when its raw, once it is precisely cut it shines back its beautiful cut design the harder its cuts the more value its worth.

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The word ruby comes from the Latin Rubens which means red. Some rubies that are very precious can be worth some times more then a diamond and are popular for anniversaries of over 30 years. The world’s largest ruby is owned by a Chinese jewelry company it measures 5.11 x 5.43 x 5.70 inches. Another cool Fact is that its almost as strong as diamond.

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