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Minerals Can Be Just as Beautiful as Gems...

There are over 4,900 known mineral types in the world, each a unique chemical combination compressed and brought to perfection by the pressure in the Earth's crust. They come in an incredible variety of shapes and colors, with some of them even having some extraordinary properties. Some have a taste, some are immune to acid and some are even radioactive! Regardless, they are all beautiful, stunning creations of nature that are just amazing to behold:
 
Opal growth rings on tree fossils
beautiful minerals
Uvarovite
beautiful minerals
Fluorite
beautiful minerals
Chlorites (Kammererite)
beautiful minerals
Vanadinite crystals on white Barite
beautiful minerals
Clinoclase
beautiful minerals
Blue Callaghanite on white Hydromagnesite
beautiful minerals
Silver Stibnite with Barite
beautiful minerals
Chalcanthite
 
beautiful minerals
Cacoxenite
beautiful minerals
Fluorite
beautiful minerals
Labradorite
beautiful minerals
Fluorite
beautiful minerals
Bismuth
beautiful minerals
beautiful minerals
Tourmaline
beautiful minerals
Osmium (the densest natural element)
beautiful minerals
Bayldonite
beautiful minerals
Malachite
beautiful minerals
Pallasite Meteorite
beautiful minerals
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