Mineral Of The Day #161: Aventurine
Mohs Hardness Scale: 6.5
Category: Silicate mineral
- Aventurine ranges in color from green, peach, brown, blue and a creamy green. Besides its uses in jewelry, aventurine is also used for ornamental purposes like vases, bowls, and figurines.
- It is a form of quartz, characterized by its translucency. Inclusions of platy minerals give it a shimmering or glistening effect termed aventurescence.
- It is the Star Sign for Libra and the Planetary stone of Taurus.
- Main markets for aventurine are landscape stone, building stone, aquaria, monuments, and jewellery.
Happy Gemstone Thursday!
Celebrating our 99th Mineral Of The Day
[the intelligence report by way of a top secret relay rock proves inconclusive]
"Well, either our boys are lying down on the job, or this rock is a forgery."
"No, that's the official Control rock, Max. Look."
"Oh yes, our name and address is on it." [reads inscription] "If found, drop in any mailbox."
-Get Smart, Season 1, Episode 17, "Kisses for KAOS"
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~The Mineral Of The Day Team
(Allison, Joe, Sarah, and Sandra)
Geologists have a saying - rocks remember.
Today’s Trivia: 53 years ago today, the United States launched its first satellite, Explorer 1.
Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
Mineral Of The Day #35: Meteorite
Today’s “mineral” isn’t a mineral at all; it’s actually a rock! A rock from space!
Tonight, two or three hours before sunrise, you are going to have a great view of the Leonid meteor shower. Read more about it here on National Geographic’s site!