Stories and Tidbits From Around the CE Community
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Did You Know?
Light Affects Minerals
Some minerals can fade or lose their color in sunlight!
Fluorite, topaz, and amethyst are some of the minerals that can all get lighter over time if exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods. This can even happen in a case behind glass, so consider where you display your minerals carefully!
Minerals Can Contain Toxins
Wash your hands after handling your minerals! A few minerals such as orpiment, stibnite, and galena, contain elements such as arsenic, antimony, and lead. While in crystal form the elements are quite stable and not likely to cause harm, but broken crystals should be cleaned up carefully. Also – don’t lick your rocks. This keeps you and your rock happy!
How Crystals Form
Crystals most commonly form in holes in the earth known as “vugs,” a geological term for an open space formed during earthquakes, cooling of magma, or other geological processes. The larger the vug, the bigger the crystals can get!
Minerals Can Glow
When ultraviolet (UV) light is directed at certain minerals containing some specific elements, it excites the element and causes an electron that’s orbiting the center to jump up to the next highest level of orbit. When the UV light is taken away, the electron falls back down to its original orbit, which releases energy. This energy is seen in the form of light, fluorescence!
Pigments Can Contain Rocks and Minerals
Rocks and minerals have been used for centuries to make pigments for paints, inks, and makeup. Many ancient texts were illuminated (illustrated) by various minerals, some of which change color over time. Many cave painters used iron-rich, oxidized, ground-up minerals which not only lasted for millennia, but still show a deep, vibrant red.
Computers Contain Many Minerals
Microchips are commonly made from silica, which is the main component in quartz crystals and conducts electricity well. Copper and gold conduct electricity extremely well, so wires or contacts made of those elements are also very common in computers.
Around the CE Community
Most collectors begin with one special piece - either given to them, or something they came across at a shop or mineral show. Collectors can start when they're young, or at any age.There are so many different minerals and gems, in so many configurations, that anyone...