tiny grains of sand are shown to be delicate, colorful structures as unique as snowflakes (viewed at a magnification of over 250 times real life size; gary greenberg)

tiny grains of sand are shown to be delicate, colorful structures as unique as snowflakes (viewed at a magnification of over 250 times real life size; gary greenberg)

Amonite Lyme Regis Could you imagine a world where these dudes were just... Around!?

Amonite Lyme Regis Could you imagine a world where these dudes were just... Around!?

Kunzite - Pech, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Perhaps one of the world's largest crystals for the species! It is complete all around, and with remarkably little etching effects given the size of the crystal. It is nearly entirely gemmy, especially in the center. The tip just glows with purple and maroon hues

Kunzite - Pech, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Perhaps one of the world's largest crystals for the species! It is complete all around, and with remarkably little etching effects given the size of the crystal. It is nearly entirely gemmy, especially in the center. The tip just glows with purple and maroon hues

The 57,500 carat Teodora failed to fetch its estimated 1.15 million USD when no buyers bid on it at the auction block.  Weighing roughly 11.5 kilograms, it is the fifth largest emerald ever found, but the biggest that’s been cut with facets.

The 57,500 carat Teodora failed to fetch its estimated 1.15 million USD when no buyers bid on it at the auction block. Weighing roughly 11.5 kilograms, it is the fifth largest emerald ever found, but the biggest that’s been cut with facets.

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