Category: Ooh . . . Shiny!

Guest Video: Natural vs. Imitation New Mexican Turquoise

Turquoise made headlines recently when researchers discovered that Mesoamericans had more than one source for this gem that they valued highly. Not all of it came from the Southwest! However, visitors to New Mexico and other parts of the American Southwest today do see a lot of turquoise. If you’re heading there on vacation, here

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Guest Videos: Gneiss and Gold

It’s great to go for a hike with someone who knows what they’re looking at. Wait. Gold? You’re ending the video right after mentioning gold? Well, let’s head up to the Yukon and get some gold in the pan! But how do you know that the shiny yellow stuff you’ve just collected is gold, not

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Guest Videos: Chocolate and Geodes

OK, so chocolate and sugar aren’t technically minerals…they’ve still powered a lot of geologists on field trips. In nature, you don’t know what’s in a geode until you cut it open. This can be a lot of fun, along with watching your YouTube views hit the million mark! (Note: They’re getting close to two million

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Guest Video: Collecting Topaz in Utah

Topaz is the hardest silicon-based mineral, and its clarity and beautiful color make this a beautiful and very popular gemstone. Topaz got its name from the island of Topazos in the Red Sea, which is also known as Zabargad Island–once the source of all the world’s garnets. Besides being confused with those yellowish-green garnets, topaz

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