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Brilliant Bytownite


Bytownite (NaAlSi3O8-CaAl2Si2O8) is sometimes referred to as golden labradorite, although it is truly a rare form of plagioclase feldspar. It does not exhibit the shimmering labradorescence common to Labradorites, but when it’s cut into gems, they display an uncommon brilliance. This material is most often seen as faceted gemstones rather than mineral specimens. It is …

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Shungite – The Stone of Life


Shungite is a very unusual, silver to black color “rock”. What’s inside is a molecular structure different than any other mineral we’ve found on Earth. It is composed mostly of carbon- key to Life as we know it. And we find it in only one small area out of this entire wondrous planet: Karelia, Russia. …

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