95% of People Can't Identify All of These Gemstones and Minerals. Can You?

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95% of People Can't Identify All of These Gemstones and Minerals. Can You?
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About This Quiz

There is more than just beauty in gemstones and minerals, it is said there is healing power and wisdom. There is also knowledge gathered from the composition and history of the land in which these beauties lie. As for the mood-altering power of a gemstone, the carnelian is a good example. This vibrant, red-orange stone in the quartz family is said to encourage creativity and increase motivation. And if you need a good emotional detox, the smoky quartz can do the trick. Just place it at your sides or at your feet. However, the appreciation of gemstones and minerals goes far beyond this. Find out more by taking the quiz. 

As for knowledge, mineralogists have learned that gold is typically found associated with quartz veins which are located in rock and granite. And if one is searching for sunstones, gemologists know that they are mainly found in southern Norway and Sweden. And there is also popular knowledge to be gained by learning about gemstones. For instance, they are associated with births and other events. For example, garnets are listed as January's birthstone, and this gem also symbolizes the second-year marriage anniversary. It’s time to learn more. Take the quiz and appreciate all the beauty that’s around you.




Amazonite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Morganite
Amazonite
Rose quartz
Orthoclase
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This pretty, sea green gem is known to ease stress. It specifically is used for treating physical and emotional stress, and even for healing trauma.

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Agate
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Agate
Zircon
Beryl
Jade
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Wrong Answer

Agate is a rock that can be found in almost all colors! Green, pink, black, blue ... the options are endless!

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Carnelian
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Amazonite
Copper
Citrine
Carnelian
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Wrong Answer

This vibrant, red-orange stone is in the quartz family. It is said to encourage creativity and increase motivation.

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Crystal
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Opal
Crystal
Bloodstone
Amber
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Wrong Answer

Crystal is a precious, clear substance used in glassware and jewelry, and also used as a girl's name. It was most popular in the 1980s, when millions of baby girls were named Crystal.

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Emerald
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Emerald
Amber
Spinel
Grossular
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Did you know that the emerald is a beryl? So how is it such a vibrant green? Chromium, and on occasion, vanadium, are found in emeralds and color them green.

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Ruby
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Silver
Ruby
Amethyst
Diaspore
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Ruby has been used for many company names, and girls' names. Besides giving us all a great name idea, the ruby is good for inducing passion, protection and prosperity.

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Coral
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Garnet
Silver
Coral
Morganite
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Wrong Answer

This gem comes in all different colors, including white, red, orange and pink. Be careful with this gemstone, as it is brittle and soft.

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Morganite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Morganite
Smoky quartz
Sunstone
Topaz
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The morganite is in the beryl family, like the emerald and aquamarine. It is a light, rose pink color and looks great with rose gold!

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Copper
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Diamond
Gold
Moonstone
Copper
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Wrong Answer

Do you know the abbreviation for copper, as on the periodic table of elements? It is 'Cu'. It is often used in jewelry, and also for conducting electricity.

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Gold
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Morganite
Gold
Copper
Silver
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Wrong Answer

'Au' is the symbol for gold on the table of elements. Gold is popular for jewelry because of its shiny and dense qualities.

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Diamond
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Crystal
Emerald
Diamond
Platinum
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Wrong Answer

Although many think diamonds are indestructible, they aren't! So be careful with that diamond ring; it can easily chip or scratch.

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Silver
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Ruby
Coral
Silver
Gold
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Did you know that of any metal, silver is the best for conducting heat and electricity? It is also very reflective; a silver ring may be a pretty accessory or way to show the world your love, and is also a great way to check for food in your teeth!

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Garnet
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Garnet
Amber
Pearl
Ruby
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Did you know that people in the Bronze Ages used the garnet as a gemstone? Today, it's used as January's birthstone, and also acknowledges the second-year marriage anniversary.

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Smokey Quartz
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Garnet
Sunstone
Smoky quartz
Jasper
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Wrong Answer

Do you need an emotional detox? Use the smoky quartz to help! It's said to help release negative feelings if you place it at your feet, or at your sides.

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Sunstone
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Sunstone
Silver
Diamond
Gold
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Wrong Answer

Ironically, the sunstone seems to be found in places that get less sun than others! Go sunstone searching in southern Norway, Sweden and in some places in the U.S.

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Amethyst
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Spinel
Amethyst
Jasper
Sapphire
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

This soft, violet-colored stone is a variation of the quartz. Use it when going out for a night on-the-town; it is thought to prevent drunkenness!

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Amber
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Tiger's eye
Quartz
Amber
Silver
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Did you know that amber comes from trees? It is tree resin that's been fossilized. What is resin? It a sticky substance put out by some plants, and is flammable.

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Jasper
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Jasper
Sodalite
Fluorite
Zircon
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Jasper can be red, brown, green or yellow, and on a few occasions blue. Did you know that extra iron in a piece of jasper is what makes it red?

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Tahitian Pearls
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Diaspore
Pearl
Rose quartz
Moonstone
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Where do pearls come from? Oyster shells! Oysters create pearls as a reaction to sand or other substances sneaking inside the cracks of their closed shells.

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Jade
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Amber
Coral
Jade
Pearl
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Have you ever seen Asian art made with a green stone? The stone was most likely jade. Jade comes in different shades of green, and is traditionally used in Asian art.

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Diaspore
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Diaspore
Opal
Cat's eye
Jade
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

This precious stone can be pink, green, red or yellow. It rates a 6.5-7 on Mohs hardness scale, meaning is it fairly resistant to scratching.

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Spinel
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Sapphire
Rose quartz
Spinel
Grossular
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

This gemstone comes in all different colors, and is named after the Latin word 'spina', which means 'arrow'. The red spinel is considered the most valuable.

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Sapphire
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Quartz
Moonstone
Sapphire
Bloodstone
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The intense, fancy blue color of this gem makes it a popular choice for an alternative to the diamond on an engagement or wedding ring. It is the birthstone for September birthdays.

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Rose quartz
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Rose quartz
Opal
Quartz
Topaz
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Are you a hopeless romantic? Try the rose quartz in your next jewelry purchase! It has been used for centuries as the primary stone for ceremonies and rituals to do with love.

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Opal
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Onyx
Opal
Danburite
Platinum
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Opals can be all different colors, and are waxy or pearly to the touch. Though there was a fall in opal popularity, it went back up again when a black one was found in Australia in 1877.

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Moonstone
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Moonstone
Grossular
Beryl
Danburite
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The moonstone is an appropriate name for this murky, blue and white stone. It is said to be mysterious, just like the moon; it also was said to be a path to wisdom and was used by travelers throughout history.

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Quartz
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Topaz
Fluorite
Tanzanite
Quartz
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Clear quartz is also known as rock crystal. If you are prone to nicking or dropping your rings or necklaces, the quartz is a great choice for you! It is very hardy and doesn't easily scratch or get damaged.

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Grossular
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Tiger's eye
Grossular
Cat's eye
Zircon
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The grossular is a type of garnet, and is made of calcium and aluminum. It has the widest variety of colors of all garnets when it is "impure." A pure grossular is clear in color.

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Topaz
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Pearl
Sapphire
Topaz
Zircon
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Do you have a special someone in your life who is sweet and loving? Give them a topaz! This gem is said to be good for those with a sweet disposition, and is a symbol of affection.

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Tiger's Eye
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Cat's eye
Bloodstone
Sodalite
Jasper
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

This gem is said to have metaphysical powers, and be good for physical healing from trauma. Wear it on the middle finger of your strong hand, with the gem touching your skin.

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Tiger's Eye
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Tiger's eye
Tanzanite
Citrine
Zoisite
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The brown and burnt-orange streaks of this gem do resemble those of a tiger's eye. It was first found in South Africa in the early 1800s.

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Fluorite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Zircon
Fluorite
Andalusite
Peridot
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Did you know that fluorite can be found all over the world? Mexico, Austria, China and Morocco are just a few countries where this pretty blue-green gem is mined.

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Sodalite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Andalusite
Hiddenite
Peridot
Sodalite
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Are you tackling a public speech anytime soon? Or do you desire to communicate more clearly at work or with loved ones? Use the sodalite to enhance your communication skills!

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Zircon
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Citrine
Bloodstone
Andalusite
Zircon
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The zircon rates a 7.5 on Mohs hardness scale, and is full of fire and luster. It comes in different colors due to "impurities" of the true zircon. Some of these impurities are radioactive!

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Tanzanite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Alexandrite
Pyrite
Tanzanite
Onyx
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Can you guess where this blue and violet gem was discovered? Tanzania! Did you know that there is only one location where it is mined in Tanzania?

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Citrine
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Platinum
Citrine
Pyrite
Peridot
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Do you need a boost of imagination and will-power? Wear the citrine! It is known to awaken your imagination. It comes in a variety of sunny oranges and yellows.

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Bloodstone
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Zoisite
Platinum
Bloodstone
Orthoclase
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Have you recently been through an extra trying life experience? Use the bloodstone to bring you back to life. It is known to be able to heal the body and mind faster than other gems.

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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Peridot
Iolite
Andalusite
Gold
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

If you love alexandrites but are on a budget, go for the andalusite. It is known as the "poor man's alexandrite." It was first found in Andalusia, Spain.

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Black Onyx
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Amber
Onyx
Beryl
Danburite
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Did you know that besides being a pretty gem, onyx is also the name of a NY hip-hop group? On another note, if you have grief or an unhappy relationship in your life, use the onyx to help you end the tie or recoup from the sadness.

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Hiddenite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Hiddenite
Topaz
Alexandrite
Orthoclase
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

In 1879, William Earl Hidden found this gem in North Carolina, and it was later named after him. The town he found it in was renamed after the gem, and hiddenites are still mined there today.

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Peridot
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Peridot
Garnet
Smoky quartz
Sunstone
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Unlike most other gems, the peridot comes in just one color. The beauty of this gem's olive-green makes up for its lack of other color options, though!

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Zoisite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Platinum
Zoisite
Pyrite
Amazonite
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

This stone is said to bring joy and lead to self-discovery. Do you want to become more whole, and change your negative feelings to positive ones? Try wearing the zoisite!

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Alexandrite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Ruby
Gold
Alexandrite
Topaz
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

This precious gem is the stone for June birthdays, and is also associated with the zodiac sign Gemini. This gem is considered very valuable because of its extreme rarity. Did you know it changes colors based on whether it's day or nighttime?

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Beryl
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Orthoclase
Pyrite
Ruby
Beryl
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Beryl means "crystal" in Greek, and this gemstone comes in any variation of yellows and greens. A pure beryl though, is colorless.

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Orthoclase
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Orthoclase
Beryl
Platinum
Pyrite
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

This is one of the most common minerals, and is found in the moonstone. Its name comes from the Greek word for "straight fracture."

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Danburite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Iolite
Danburite
Pyrite
Diamond
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Especially good for spiritual healing, danburite is used in the gemstone spiritual world for uplifting the spirit and giving a perspective that's genuine and from the heart. It gets its name from Danbury, Connecticut, where it was first found.

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Iolite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Platinum
Goshenite
Iolite
Copper
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Cordierite is another name for this gemstone. What's in a name? Cordierite is named after a French geologist named Cordier, and iolite comes from the Greek word "ios," which means "violet."

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Platinum
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Pyrite
Goshenite
Platinum
Silver
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Do you know how platinum got its name? It comes from the Spanish word "platina," which means "little silver." Platinum is commonly used in men's rings, and as a catalyst for creating nitric acid, silicone and benzene.

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Pyrite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Pyrite
Goshenite
Diamond
Copper
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

If someone tries to sell you "cheap gold," watch out! It could be pyrite. It's known as fool's gold because it looks like gold but is actually a common sulfide mineral.

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Goshenite
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Which gemstone or mineral is this?
Ruby
Goshenite
Sapphire
Beryl
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The goshenite is a beryl in its purest form, since it is colorless. Where did its name come from? Goshen, Massachusetts; that's where the first one was found!

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