The Hope Diamond Turned Blood Red

The Hope Diamond Turned Blood Red

Header photo taken by Chip Clark for the Smithsonian Institute The Gemological Institute of America shared the stunning photo above on LinkedIn and pointed out that these diamonds are the Hope Diamond (right) and the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond (left.) Both diamonds are...
Chalcanthite: A Toxic Blue Copper Flower

Chalcanthite: A Toxic Blue Copper Flower

This vibrant blue crystal in my neon gloved palm is derived from the Greek words, chalkos, and anthos–meaning copper flower. Chalcanthite is a water-soluble sulfate mineral. This means that it will melt in water–and due to its high concentration of copper,...
Driving On Garnet: Story Of Garnetread

Driving On Garnet: Story Of Garnetread

Last year, James Scheller from Garnetread reached out to me via Twitter. He had a really cool use for garnets and wanted to send me a sample to blog about. I planned to do this much sooner but life got in the way.  2020 has been hard on a lot of people and I’ve been...