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Throughout history gemstones have been coveted not just for their beauty, but also to show wealth and prosperity.  Today most gemstones are quite affordable, however, there are still a number of very expensive gemstones. Usually due to a combination of high demand, rarity and beauty.  To find out just how astronomically high prices can get for

Throughout history gemstones have been coveted not just for their beauty, but also to show wealth and prosperity. Today most gemstones are quite affordable, however, there are still a number of very expensive gemstones. Usually due to a combination of high demand, rarity and beauty. To find out just how astronomically high prices can get for

Atlantisite - is the name given to this beautiful combination of green serpentine with inclusions of pink to purple stichtite and blends together the properties of both these minerals. It is a stone that can be helpful in creating a special place in the house as it lends a calming and peaceful air to the area in which it is placed. It promotes a more relaxed attitude to life, balancing mood swings and making us more aware of our own emotions and promoting inner peace.

Atlantisite - is the name given to this beautiful combination of green serpentine with inclusions of pink to purple stichtite and blends together the properties of both these minerals. It is a stone that can be helpful in creating a special place in the house as it lends a calming and peaceful air to the area in which it is placed. It promotes a more relaxed attitude to life, balancing mood swings and making us more aware of our own emotions and promoting inner peace.

Rare Blue Amber - wiki: "Blue amber is amber exhibiting a rare coloration. It is most commonly found in the amber mines in the mountain ranges around Santiago, Dominican Republic, reportedly only from Palo Quemado mine. Although little known due to its rarity, it has been around since the discovery of Dominican amber."

Rare Blue Amber - wiki: "Blue amber is amber exhibiting a rare coloration. It is most commonly found in the amber mines in the mountain ranges around Santiago, Dominican Republic, reportedly only from Palo Quemado mine. Although little known due to its rarity, it has been around since the discovery of Dominican amber."

Boracite    The rare borate mineral boracite from evaporite deposits at Boulby Mine, Cleveland.

Boracite The rare borate mineral boracite from evaporite deposits at Boulby Mine, Cleveland.

RARE and INCREDIBLE!! The finest, glassiest crystals of Linarite you will ever see! The close-up clearly displays the intense color of these thin Linarite crystals! All the crystals are nestled snug in a vug of Quartz crystals and breccia matrix. From the Grand Reef Mine in Graham County, Arizona, this specimen is a collector's dream and an Arizona mineral collector's must have! Measures 8 cm by 7 cm in size. From the Kevin Ward collection. Photography by Kevin Ward

RARE and INCREDIBLE!! The finest, glassiest crystals of Linarite you will ever see! The close-up clearly displays the intense color of these thin Linarite crystals! All the crystals are nestled snug in a vug of Quartz crystals and breccia matrix. From the Grand Reef Mine in Graham County, Arizona, this specimen is a collector's dream and an Arizona mineral collector's must have! Measures 8 cm by 7 cm in size. From the Kevin Ward collection. Photography by Kevin Ward

Emperor of China, Chinese Rhodocroscite: a very soft mineral that is about 3-1/2X as dense as ice: because it is soft, it's difficult to cut & is rarely used in jewelry. It is the state mineral of CO. Very large crystals are not common--some of the best occur in the Sweet Home Mine in CO

Emperor of China, Chinese Rhodocroscite: a very soft mineral that is about 3-1/2X as dense as ice: because it is soft, it's difficult to cut & is rarely used in jewelry. It is the state mineral of CO. Very large crystals are not common--some of the best occur in the Sweet Home Mine in CO

Pruskite Specimen  Rare Root Chakra gem by TheSageGoddess

Pruskite Specimen Rare Root Chakra gem by TheSageGoddess

Dioptase...  A confession: I know NOTHING about geology or gems. But this stuff is amazing. (A rare moment of humility. This wine stuff works.)

Dioptase... A confession: I know NOTHING about geology or gems. But this stuff is amazing. (A rare moment of humility. This wine stuff works.)

What a cool #Gemstone!! This is called Cavansite and this is it's natural growth structure. This one in particular is grown on Quartz crystal #costencatbalue #Vancouver

What a cool #Gemstone!! This is called Cavansite and this is it's natural growth structure. This one in particular is grown on Quartz crystal #costencatbalue #Vancouver

Apophyllite-(KF) (K,Na)Ca4Si8O20(F,OH)·8H2O  apophyllite refers to a specific group of phyllosilicates.  Locality: Rahuri, Ahmadnagar District (Ahmednagar District; Ahmed Nagar District), Maharashtra, India .Attribution: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0

Apophyllite-(KF) (K,Na)Ca4Si8O20(F,OH)·8H2O apophyllite refers to a specific group of phyllosilicates. Locality: Rahuri, Ahmadnagar District (Ahmednagar District; Ahmed Nagar District), Maharashtra, India .Attribution: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0