Four Characteristics Of A Mineral – 1. Naturally occurring – created by natural or endogenous processes without human intervention 2. Organic – not created by life
4 Minerals continued… 3. Elements or compounds and their chemical properties 4. Arrangement of atoms; All gemstones are crystals.
Four Characteristics Of A Mineral
1. Some crystals come from magma, hot rock beneath the Earth. a. The slower the magma cools, the larger the crystals. b. As the magma cools rapidly, the crystals shrink.
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6 2. Crystals can dissolve when water is turned off or more substances are dissolved in water.
1. Silicates contain silicon, oxygen and many other elements; contains naturally occurring minerals. 2. Silicon and oxygen are the most abundant elements in the Earth’s crust; they form the structure of many precious stones.
Crystals are formed by: the cooling of magma or the reaction of evaporation or melting of more material
Learning Objectives Describe the physical properties used to identify minerals. Identify gemstones using physical factors such as hardness and tracking.
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A. Color and appearance are not enough to distinguish gemstones. B. Hardness is a measure of how easily a mineral can be drilled; The Mohs scale measures the hardness of a stone
14 D. Specific gravity is the ratio of the weight of a mineral to the weight of equivalent water; defined as a number.
15 E. A streak is the color of minerals in powder form, but the streak test is only useful for minerals lighter than slate.
1. In open spaces, fissile minerals are fractured. 2. Gemstones have uneven, rough, or fine alignment fractures.
A Mineral Is Identified By Its Properties.
19 Discussion Question What are five methods that can be used to identify minerals? Gravity The breaking of a band of strong gravity
Learning Objectives Describe why gems are more valuable than other gems. Know the beneficial properties of gemstones.
A. Precious Stones – Expensive and Rare Precious Stones 1. The Kullin Diamond and the Hope Diamond are the most popular gemstones.
1. Minerals are minerals or rocks containing minerals that can be mined for profit. 2. Materials to be processed or refined from mining. Fe (iron)
Five Characteristics Of A Mineral
24 3. Some substances dissolve in water and pass through cracks in the rock, where they form minerals called mineral deposits. 4. Titanium is a precious element obtained from the minerals ilmenite and rutile.
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Minerals are natural, usually inorganic minerals with a chemical structure, internal structure, and physical properties. To be a mineral, an element must have four properties: it must be rare – it cannot be made or organic; must occur naturally – cannot be man-made; must be strong; must be chemically stable.
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Properties of Gemstones, continued The diagram below shows the four properties of gemstones.
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The 20 minerals are often called minerals because they form the rocks that make up Earth’s soil. Ten minerals are so common that they make up 90% of the Earth’s surface. The minerals are quartz, orthoclase, plagioclase, muscovite, biotite, calcite, dolomite, halite, gypsum and ferromagnesium. All minerals can be divided into two main groups based on their structure – silicate minerals and non-silicate minerals.
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Types of Minerals, Persistent Silicate Minerals Silicate minerals are mixtures of silicon and oxygen and may contain one or more metals. Amphibole to common silicate minerals. Silica minerals make up 96% of the Earth’s surface. Quartz and feldspar alone make up more than 50% of soil.
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Irregular minerals, non-minerals that do not contain silicon or oxygen, make up 4% of the onser’s volume. Irregular minerals are divided into six main groups based on their properties. The six major groups of inorganic minerals are carbonates, halides, native elements, oxides, sulfates, and sulfides.
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Types of Minerals Continue reading Check out what you won’t find in essential minerals.
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Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Types of Minerals Continue reading Check out what you won’t find in essential minerals. Non-silica minerals bond with oxygen.
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Crystal Structure Each type of gemstone is characterized by a unique atomic geometry or structure. a solid crystal contains atoms, ions, or molecules arranged in a regular, repeating pattern, one way scientists study crystal structure is through X-rays.
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Crystal Forms of Silicate Minerals Although there are many types of silicate minerals, the crystal form consists of the same structural unit – silicon-oxygen tetrahedra. the silicon-oxygen tetrahedron is the basic structural unit of silicon dioxide; the silicon ion is bonded to four oxygen ions, and in mineral salts that are isolated tetrahedral silicates, only atoms other than silicon and oxygen atoms form silicon-oxygen tetrahedra. Olivine is an isolated tetrahedral silicate.
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Crystal Structure of Silica Gems, continued The diagram below shows the tetrahedral arrangement of a tetrahedral crystal.
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Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Crystal Properties of Silicate Minerals Continue Reading What is the Structure of Silicate Crystals?
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Crystal Properties of Silicate Minerals Continue Reading What is the Structure of Silicate Crystals? The basic building blocks of silicate crystals are four structures called silicon-oxygen tetrahedrons, with one silicon atom surrounded by four oxygen atoms.
Chapter 5 Chapter 1 What Are Gems? Crystal Forms of Nonsilicate Minerals Because nonsilicate minerals have different chemical properties, nonsilicate minerals exhibit many different structural features. Common crystal forms for inorganic minerals include cubes, hexagonal prisms, and irregular masses. The shape of the base crystals determines the properties of the stone. In a crystal structure called close packing, each metal atom is surrounded by 8 to 12 other atoms as the charge of the atomic nucleus allows.
15 Chapter 5 Section 2 Identifying Minerals Describe seven physical properties that help distinguish minerals from other minerals. List five characteristics that can help you identify gemstones.
Characteristics Of Minerals
Chapter 5 Chapter 2 Identifying Minerals The physical properties by which mineralogists examine, analyze, and classify minerals Each mineral has unique properties that result from its chemical composition and crystal structure. These properties provide reliable evidence for gem identification. Most of these can be determined from just a sample of the mineral or through simple tests.
Chapter 5 Chapter 2 Identifying Pebbles Physical Properties of Pebbles, Continued Color Although color is an easily visible property, identifying pebbles is not reliable. The color of the pattern may be affected by dirt or weather conditions. Streak line mineral color is more reliable than color for identifying minerals. The strip is defined by sprinkling mineral salts onto an uncoated ceramic tile called a sprinkling plate.
Chapter 5 Chapter 2 Identifying Minerals Physical Properties of a Mineral The way the mineral reflects light continues to shine. All other stones shine in their own way. There are many types of natural light, including glass, wax, coral, sapphire, and earth.
Chapter 5 Chapter 2 Identifying Minerals Physical Properties of Minerals Continue drilling and fracturing in geology, the tendency of minerals to split along planes of weakness to create a smooth, flat fracture surface where minerals can fracture curved or irregular. Surface cracks are uneven or irregular with a rough surface. Fractures, or fibrous fractures, look like broken pieces of wood. Curved surfaces are broken parts.
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Chapter 5 Chapter 2 Identifying Gemstones Physical Properties of Gemstones Hardness The ability of a gemstone to resist scratching is called hardness. Durability does not mean “scratch or crack resistant”. The hardness of a mineral can be determined by comparison