Examples of Unusual Crystals and Gemstones

The table below includes general information about, and images of, some lesser-known crystals and gemstones.

This can be used to look-up a crystal that you have heard of and would like to see a picture and some general information about. Alternatively, if you're interested in crystals but not sure about the different types and which you might perfer, scroll down to see the descriptions and images.

Name of Crystal / Mineral

Colour

Material Structure

Examples of Sources

Photographs

Alluvial Quartz
(The photograph is of a sample of alluvial quartz polished on the upper side only.)

 

The quartz itself is clear, near colourless, though background and any inclusions may give the suggestion of other colours

Trigonal

Africa

Alluvial Quartz

Blue Tiger's Eye
(The photograph is of a blue tiger's eye tumble stone.)

 

Blue, typically banded such that very dark shades of blue alternate with lighter brighter blues

Trigonal

Africa

Blue Tiger's Eye

Moldavite
(The photograph is of a small 'natural' sample of moldavite.)

 

Green, mainly dark green unless viewed in very thin sections

Ceczh (but of extra-terrestrial origin)

Red Tiger's Eye
(The photograph is of a red tiger's eye tumble stone.)

 

Ranges from dark red through to brighter shades of red or red/brown

Trigonal

Africa

Red Tiger's Eye

Spirit Amethyst
(The photograph is of a natural spirit amethyst crystal.)

 

Pale purple, often with darker purple tips

Trigonal

Africa

Spirit Amethyst

Tangerine Quartz
(The photograph is of a polished tangerine quartz point.)

 

Orange

Trigonal

Africa

Tangerine Quartz

For similar information about more common crystals go to the index of popular crystals.

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