As far back as we can imagine people have been digging in the ground.
Whether it is some drive to explore the inner-workings of our planet or to seek some untold fortune, we humans just love to dig. This primitive act has not gone unrewarded, as we have discovered such wonders only to be believed by the naked eye. Diamonds, Gold, Quartz, are only some of the treasures we have discovered by going under ground. Here are some of our lastest specimens from down under, here to grace our showcases and your home with a few unearthed curiosities.
The Mineral Pyrite, or Iron Pyrite, is an iron sulfide. This mineral's metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname "fool's gold" because of its superficial resemblance to gold.
Trilobites are a well-known fossil group of extinct marine anthropods dating back to 250 million years. The study of these fossils has facilitated important contributions to evolutionary biology and paleontology.
Kyanite, whose name derives from the Greek word kuanos meaning deep blue, is a typically blue silicate mineral, commonly found in aluminium-rich sedimentary rock.
Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Natural citrines are rare, most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethyst. The name Citrine is derived from the Latin word citrina, which means "yellow".
Ammonites are an extinct group of marine invertebrate animals. These mollusks are more closely related to the common octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish. Ammonites are excellent index fossils, and it is often possible to link the rock layer in which they are found to a specific geological time period.
Quartz is an abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust. There are many different varieties of quartz, several of which are semi-precious gemstones. Throughout the world, varieties of quartz have been the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewelry and hard stone carvings.
Metacantina are extict sea creatures similar to the present day horseshoe crabs. They had hard exoskeletons with many multi-jointed legs. As one of the predominant animals of the Palaeozoic Era (600-225 million years ago), they were the first organism on earth to have highly developed vision.
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. In Ancient Greece it was believed to have the power to protect its owner from drunkenness. Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in belief that it would prevent intoxication. Amethyst is one of several forms of Quartz and is the traditional birthstone for February.
We've dug up some of the most beautiful pieces for your office, coffee table, and home.
Dust off that dirt and head over to The Paris Market to pick up some earthy gems of your very own.