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Mineral of the Month

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Peridot ~ Mineral of Aug & Sep '19

Peridot ~ Mineral of Aug & Sep '19

  Mineral of the month - Peridot/ Olivine   Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Olivine and the gem variety thereof known as Peridot. Olivine receives its name from... Read More

Beryl ~ Mineral of Jul '19

Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Beryl.    The name "beryl" is derived from the Greek ήρυλλος beryllos which referred to a "precious blue-green color-of-sea-water stone" - that name... Read More
Beryl ~ Mineral of Jul '19
Tourmaline ~ Mineral of Jun' '19

Tourmaline ~ Mineral of Jun' '19

  Mineral of the month - Tourmaline   Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Tourmaline.  The name "tourmali" was a generic name used in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] for colored... Read More

Rhodocrocite ~ Mineral of May '19

  Mineral of the month - Rhodocrocite       Taos Rockers mineral of the month isRhodochrosite, a manganese carbonate.The name rhodochrositecomes fromthe Greek ρόδο, "rose", and χρώς, "coloring", referring... Read More
Rhodocrocite ~ Mineral of May '19
Labradorite ~ Mineral of Apr '19

Labradorite ~ Mineral of Apr '19

Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Labradorite, a plagioclase feldspar.    The name labradorite comes from the area in which it was first discovered in 1770: Ford Harbour, Paul... Read More

Fluorite ~ Mineral of Feb & Mar '19

Mineral of the month: Fluorite   Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Fluorite.The name fluorite comes from the Latin fluere which means “to flow” - a reference to its... Read More
Fluorite ~ Mineral of Feb & Mar '19
Amethyst ~ Mineral of Jan '19

Amethyst ~ Mineral of Jan '19

Amethyst- January 2019 Mineral of the Month    ·  Mineral: Quartz variety Amethyst ·  Chemistry: SiO2 ·  Class: tectosilicate ·  Crystal system: Hexagonal-Rhombohedral ·  Color: violet to purple ·  Refractive... Read More

Amber & Copal ~ "Mineral" of Nov & Dec '18

Taos Rockers focuses this month on the fossil resins known as Amber and Copal.    The differences between Amber and Copal are addressed in a separate handout - Amber being... Read More
Amber & Copal ~ "Mineral" of Nov & Dec '18
Zelolites ~ Mineral of October '18

Zelolites ~ Mineral of October '18

Taos Rockers mineral of the month is a family of minerals collectively known as Zeolites.    Zeolite is a group name for a large number of microporous framework alumosilicates which... Read More