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Beryl, Emerald, Aquamarine, Etc.

We have finished all the Beryl minerals and gemstones, as well as added plenty of pictures for them all.

We edited and rewrote the existing pages:

Because the Beryl minerals are so popular, we added several new pages as well that were not present in the old site:

New Minerals Added and Edited

Well, I've been slacking off lately and haven't posted in a while. But that doesn't mean we aren't working on the site. We went through the Inosilicates and edited all the information with much more updated localities as well as an abundance of new pictures. Here are the minerals that were edited:

  • jadeite
  • enstatite
  • diopside
  • hedenbergite
  • augite
  • johannsenite
  • omphacite
  • spodumene
  • aegirine
  • wollastonite
  • bustamite
  • pectolite
  • serandite
  • rhodonite
  • babingtonite
  • pyroxmangite
  • tremolite
  • actinolite

Animated 3D crystal illustrations

With the help of Mark Holtkamp (http://www.smorf.nl), who has spent hours and hours drawing animated 3D crystal animations in Java, we have been able to incorporate his monumental work into our site. We are busy adding these in to all the existing minerals, and we'll continue adding to all minerals that come in distinct crystal forms. We have already gone through the native elements, the sulfides, oxides, and halides, and are up to the carbonates. We'll hopefully be done with these very soon as well, and will also be adding these in to any new minerals we add and edit. Thanks Mark!

New Photos

We have gone through John Bett's Mineral Museum and culled over 100 new photographs that we added to the existing minerals pages already completed. We have added more variety and samples to each of the minerals, trying to show all different forms and styles of a particular mineral.