Gems, Minerals & Rocks

Wondering what the difference is between a gem and a mineral or a gem and a rock? Why do some stones end up in the jewelry we love and cherish and others do not? Most gems, minerals, and rocks evolve through various processes over time and some involve plants, animals, or mollusks. Let’s face it, a plethora of possible jewels are provided on this rock we call Earth so that we may adorn ourselves to our heart’s content. Choose from the Gems, Minerals, & Rocks pictorial glossary below to probe the whys and wherefores of mother nature’s geological creations.


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