Get ready to over indulge on the world’s most beautiful minerals and stones! When you think of gorgeous natural treasures glistening diamonds and deeply colored gemstones often come to mind. Less common minerals are largely forgotten, but as this list proves they most certainly shouldn’t be.
Diamonds are minerals, the hardest naturally occurring mineral known in existence, and some gemstones fall under the mineral category as well. On the other hand, rocks do not have an identifiable chemical composition since they can be made of minerals and non-minerals.
Technically, a mineral is a naturally occurring inorganic solid substance represented by a chemical formula. Minerals are uniquely beautiful, especially considering there are over 4,900 different types of known minerals. Forget plain blue sapphires and white diamonds, this list represents the most beautiful minerals and stones you have ever seen.
1. Luz Opal With Galaxy Inside
2. Sunset Fire Opal
3. Lightning Ridge Black Opal
4. Opal Fossil
5. The ‘Empress Of Uruguay’
Meet the world’s largest amethyst geode:
6. Ocean Inside Of An Opal
Looks like the insides of a fancy computer chip, but Bismuth (Bismuthinite) is a naturally occurring chemical element resulting in a white, crystalline, brittle metal with a pink tint. The dense mineral is soft enough to easily incur scratches but is rather dense.
9. Titanium Quartz
10. Rose Quartz Geode
11. Chrysocolla In Malachite
This particular azurite resembles an abstract blue rose in bloom.
14. Watermelon Tourmaline
15. Burmese Tourmaline
17. Realgar On Calcite
18. Cobalto Calcite
20. Combination Of Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite
In its rare and purest state this mineral is a rose-red, but impure forms come in shades ranging from pink to pale brown.
Here is an example of rhodochrosite in its less pure form, still beautiful!
24. Botswana Agate
26. Opalised Ammonite
27. Tourmaline On Quartz With Lepidolite And Cleavelandite Accents