Gemstones are a true force of nature, with magnificent back stories on where their beauty comes from.
Opals lack crystal structure, therefore they are considered mineraloids, not minerals; this, in turn, gives them characteristics that make them uniquely mystical. It wasn’t until the 1960s, that scientists first managed to discover what is the reason that every opal seems to embody a little world of its own: the reason behind this is the opal’s composition, namely tiny spheres composed of silicon and oxygen called silica. An electron microscope shows that opals are made of millions of silica positioned in an orderly pattern which diffracts the light entering from an outside source and gives the opal its unique design.
Below we have 10 gorgeous pictures that give us a glimpse into the sheer beauty of these rocks.
We are sure there’s a superhero somewhere getting his strength from a chunk of bismuth. This mineral is very rare and usually laboratory-grown. It derives its name from the chemical element Bismuth and it’s one of the most widely collected minerals by enthusiasts. They usually have a metal like surface and color, and only rare specimen have the luscious coloring pictured below.