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Rhodhocrosite: Characteristics and Properties

Rhodhochrosite (whose name means rose-colored) is a very pretty mineral. In a massive form its pink and white bands are extremely attractive and are often used in semi-precious jewelry. Rhodhochrosite is often carved into figurines and tubular stalactitic forms are sliced into circles with concentric bands that are truly unique in the mineral kingdom. Fine…

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Lapis Lazuli: Characteristics and Properties

Hardness: 5 to 5 1/2 Colors: Deep blue, azure blue, greenish blue (bluish color with flecks of white and gold) Birthstones: None Zodiac: None The name is international, from the Latin, lapis, which means stone, and from the Arabic, azul, which means blue. It literally means “blue rock” and is actually a rock rather than…

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