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3D Crystal Animations Complete in all existing minerals!

This was quite a big job! The 3D java crystal animations have been completed in all minerals! We have been working slowly adding about a 3d illustration at the rate of about a mineral a day, and now all minerals indexed and gone through are "smorfed" with a 3D animation. We have also generated small thumbnail photos of crystal sketches for each of these minerals. There were several minerals lacking this in the smorf database; we only added these in the minerals we had avaialable.

Below is an image snapshot.

Olivine Series Completed

We completed the Olivine Series , which includes the mineral Olivine, the mineral Tephroite, and of course the gemstone Peridot. This goes along with a complete revision of the Olivine and Tephroite page with many more accurate localities, and great photos. Peridot in the gemstone section is entirely new.

Tourmaline Minerals and Gemstones Completed

We have spent significant time adding and editing the Tourmaline group and its main minerals, both in the mineral section and the gemstone section. We have also added many fabulous photos for each Tourmaline form. Besides for the main Tourmaline mineral page, which has been totally rewritten, we have added individual pages for each Tourmaline mineral:

We have also rewritten the gemstone page, which can be viewed here: