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Cheap But Beautiful
Agate is a pretty common and readily available mineral, two completely identical samples of which do not exist in nature. Each specimen has a unique pattern, the same as with human fingerprints.
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A Stone for Adventurers
This stone is a real treasure of the Hermitage. Yet there is a place on Earth where the mineral literally lies underfoot.
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A Rock Whose Colour Resembles That of the Skin of a Snake
This is an unusual stone of a surprisingly beautiful colour that did not, however, become an object of interest for jewellers.
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A Stone That Was Worshipped by Ancient Romans but Is Worth Nothing Today
This stone is a symbol of aristocracy and impeccable taste. A hundred years ago or so, people were risking their lives to get their hands on it. As a result, mineral-bearing marine animals were almost driven into extinction.
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By its outward appearance, this rock is well ahead of all the other gemstones. It did not become popular among jewellers, but on the other hand, it has become a primary source of one of the most demanded metals of the 21st century.
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A Stone Believed to Be Linked with Death
This is a mineral of mourning colour, which is actually a variety of smoky quartz. It was also believed to be a mystical stone.
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A ’Bread Stone’
Until the early XX century, no one had known there were vast deposits of this mineral in Russia’s possession. Without this stone, the Kola Peninsula would probably remain a humanless and deserted territory
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A Stone Tank Armour Is Made Of
There are not many people who know this mineral exists. It is hardly known on the gem market as well, with a rare jeweller being able to tell it from a diamond. Each jewel with this stone is truly unique.
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A Stone Princess Diana Favoured the Most
This gemstone is a blue variety of beryl, which is particularly fancied by those of noble blood. Princess Diana is among them.
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A Stone Fortune-Tellers Can’t Do Without
This mineral is one of the most common ones on our planet, with its crystals weighing up to several dozens of tons and often being enormously large.
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