When I was maybe seven years old, I thought I had found the motherlode of diamonds because my friends and I had found some rather large rocks with a lot of quartz in them.
Of course, we thought they were diamonds or something super valuable. We were talking about how we would spend our newfound fortunes. The first item on everyone’s list was a new BMX bike followed by new Star Wars figures or baseball cards.
We showed my friend’s dad the rocks and he chuckled and told us that these rocks were not very rare at all and were probably not worth a whole lot to anyone since they could be readily found in the surrounding fields.
We were somewhat dismayed, but we still thought they were really cool. We divided them up and kept them for some time.
Wrapping it Up
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Websites That Display the World’s Most Valuable Rocks and Minerals
Here are some websites that provide information on valuable rocks, gemstones, and minerals:
- Gemological Institute of America (GIA): The GIA is a well-known authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. Their website offers educational resources and information on gemstone grading.
- Website: GIA
- Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of Natural History: The Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection features some of the world’s most famous gemstones and minerals.
- The International Gem Society (IGS): IGS is an online resource for gemstone information, education, and community.
- Website: International Gem Society
- Gemology Online: This is a community and information resource for gem enthusiasts, including discussions on various gemstones and their values.
- Website: Gemology Online
- Mineralogy Database: A comprehensive resource for mineral enthusiasts, providing information on minerals, gemstones, and their properties.
- Website: Mineralogy Database
- The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT): GIT is an institute dedicated to gem and jewelry research. Their website provides information on gemstones and related industries.
- Website: GIT
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