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    Mineral: Serpentinite

    The name Serpentinite originates from the similarity of the texture of the rock to that of the skin of a snake. Serpentinite is a softer mineral that is easily carved and has been used in many ancient and modern cultures for both functional and artistic purposes.

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    Gem: Star Garnet

    Star garnets exhibit a phenomenon called asterism, caused by the presence of small rutile needles within the gemstone. Asteriated gems are known as “star” gems. Star sapphires, star rubies, and other star gems are highly sought after and are generally more valuable than their normal counterparts.

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    Mineral: Agate

    Agate is a banded form of chalcedony, which comes in a wide variety of colors. The stone was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and naturalist, who discovered the stone along the Dirillo River or Achates in Sicily, sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE.

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    Gem: Rhodonite

    Rhodonite was discovered in 1790 in the Ural Mountains.  It was named in 1819 by German naturalist Christoph Friedrich Jasche. The name comes from the Greek word rhodon meaning “rose” because of its distinctive pink color.

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    Mineral: Galena

    Galena is the natural mineral form of lead sulfide. It is the most important ore of lead and an important source of silver. In the United States, it occurs most notably as lead-zinc ore in the Mississippi Valley type deposits of the Lead Belt in southeastern Missouri, which is the largest known deposit.

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    North Carolina

    Gem: Emerald

    Imperfections can be desirable in emeralds. Most emeralds have some type of inclusion or imperfection, and emeralds without imperfections or inclusions are very rare. Instead of the term imperfection, dealers like to reference emerald inclusions as an internal jardin (“garden” in French).

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    Gem: Oregon Sunstone

    Sunstone exhibits an optical effect called schiller caused by reflections from inclusions of specific minerals which make the center of the stone appear to sparkle. Oregon Sunstone contains elemental copper and is unique in that crystals can be quite large.

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    South Carolina

    Gem: Amethyst

    Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. The name comes from the Greek amethystos from a- meaning “not” and methysko meaning “intoxicate,” a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. Ancient Greeks carved drinking vessels from it, believing it would prevent intoxication.

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    Mineral: Limestone

    Limestone is commonly white to gray in color, though traces of specific minerals can cause shifts in color. Dendritic limestone contains a branch-like pattern that is formed when water that is rich in Manganese oxide flows in the microscopic cracks between layers of limestone.

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    Gem: Blue Topaz

    Topaz in its natural state is colorless, often with a greyish cast. Trace element impurities can make it pale blue or golden brown to yellow orange. Blue topaz is caused by the presence of chromium or titanium within the crystal.

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    Gem: Petrified Wood

    Petrifaction is the result of a tree or tree-like plants having been replaced by stone via a mineralization process. Unlike other plant fossils, which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material.

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