Gemologist Guide to Identifying Chyrsoberyl

faceted chrysoberyl

Chrysoberyl is sought after by gemstone and specimen collectors because of its vibrant colors and unique crystal structure. During my time at the jewelry store, I rarely saw a faceted chrysoberyl, and the local rock and mineral shows don’t have a plethora of natural crystals. If you have the opportunity to see and hold a […]

Gemologist Guide to Identifying Rhodonite

rhodonite tumbled

Rhodonite is a manganese mineral ranging in color from the lightest shade of pink to crimson red and has manganese oxide inclusions. These inclusions are known as dendrites and are easily recognizable because they display branches that resemble organic material. Black markings or dendrites form within rhodonite through oxidation that causes the pink colors of […]