That’s what platinum looks like under an ion microscope. Each of those bright spots is an atom. Now, how’s this for a science fiction premise:
This post (with a couple of updates at the end) is from 2018. Mantle gems include diamonds and peridots. These form under intense heat and
What do former Russian royals and the Red Sea have in common?
Gems, of course–in particular, one famous peridot plus a few smaller ones. All of these stones came from Zabargad Island in the Red Sea.
Just because you can, does it mean you should? In Myanmar, scientists are finding some incredible dinosaur fossils preserved in local amber, but there is
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
Air bubbles and other meterial trapped in mineral grains tell scientists many things about the Earth and its history.