Beautiful Gems and Minerals
Most everyone is familiar with the well known gemstones and minerals typically used in jewelry design. However, the breath of beautiful bounty that mother nature provides goes well beyond those preconceptions.
Many of these naturally occurring materials are art forms in their raw states and are highly collectible without being processed through traditional lapidary techniques.
Here are some stunning examples of these gorgeous and self-contained works of natural art.
Azurite from Namibia. Photo credit Indulgy
Cassiterite, Muscovite, Scheelite Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. Photo credit Ifuckingloveminerals.tumblr
Fluorite on Quartz - De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Province, China. Photo credit Bijoux-et-mineraux