These Factsheets below will hopefully provide you with some useful and fascinating information appertaining to just some of the range of crystals, minerals and fossils that we sell throughout the south and west of England and in Cardiff. Do come and visit our shops for unrivalled knowledge, enthusiasm and wonderful customer service!
Information about some of the Beautiful Crystals we sell
A sticky resin from prehistoric tree bark. As featured in the movie Jurassic Park!
Named from the Greek "amethystos", may be translated as not drunken - believed to be an antidote for drunkeness since ancient times.
Ammonite species are long since extinct, their nearest equivalent today is the nautilus found in the Pacific Ocean.
Aquamarine (literally meaning ‘sea water’) can appear either blue or colourless depending on the angle of viewing.
The name derives from the latin word Calx meaning lime. Calcite is found in a wide array of forms and colours.
A mineral named for its delicate blue colour, from the latin caelestis (celestial, heavenly). Celestite is famously found in the Bristol/Yate area of south Gloucestershire, but gem quality is, alas, found no nearer than Madagascar.
Named after the Chara river in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia - the only source.
From the latin fluo meaning stream or flow of water. The interplay of light in the extraordinary crystal structure and colour variation gives fluorite a feel no other stone enjoys.
Some of the largest specimens have come from the Santa Cruz area of southern Argentina with trunks measuring up to 30m (100’) long and 3m (10’) in diameter.
A form of chalcedony, used decoratively since ancient times. Almost all colours appear in the full range of jaspers!
Named after the Labraodor peninsula where it was first found in 1770. Our Labradorite is sourced in Madagascar
Only found in the Dominican republic. Named after the daughter of one of its discoverers (Larissa) and the Spanish for sea (Mar).
Found ONLY in the Czech Republic near the Moldau River (hence the name moldavite).
Named after its similarity to a stone found by a roman named 'Obsius' in Ethiopia. In use since pre-history.
The name is strongly believed to derive from the Sanskrit 'upala' meaning stone.
The word orthoceras means 'straight horn', referring to the characteristic long, straight, conical body.
The name originates either from the Arabic faridat meaning gem or from the classical Latin pæderot - a kind of opal
Quartz crystals form when molten rock rich in silica cools down. It is found worldwide and makes up over one tenth of the Earth’s crust.
A type of quartz named after its colour which varies from pale to mid pink. We stock rose quartz in many different form, from spheres and eggs to small crystals to big boulders to jewellery of every type.
Named from the Greek selenites - 'stone of the moon' - referring to its moonlight effect, selenite spheres often have exceptional and inspiring crosses of inner light.
The name topaz is derived from the Sanskrit tapas meaning heat or fire. Known and used since antiquity.
Tourmaline shows the greatest range of colours of any gemstone and can show spectacular multicoloured bands within a crystal.
Hard shelled, many legged creatures, many of which roamed the sea floor for nearly 300 million years, becoming finally extinct about 250 million years ago.