What Mineral is My Birthstone and what are its Properties?

Crystals and gemstones have been associated with months of the year for almost 2,000 years. Today, we call them birthstones.

New Shipment of Grossular Garnet has arrived!

A new shipment of wonderful grossular garnet crystals have arrived. Beautiful grossular garnet mineral from Mexico is one of six varieties of garnet. Each single crystal shows the natural dodecahedral form of the garnet group. These samples, from Mexico, are approximately 0.75 to 1 inch in size.

New Ask-a-Geologist Question: Metamorphic Foliation

Question: What term is used for metamorphic rock with banded texture?

Why We love Garnet Schist

Garnet Schist is a beautiful gray, silvery or brown colored metamorphic rock which shiny mica layers and an abundance of well-formed garnet crystals.  Garnet schist is the same rock as a mica schist with the exception of the inclusion of the garnets (too cool!).  The original rock type is typically a clayey rock with some […]