Ruby on zoisite rock

Ruby on zoisite rock

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Caption: Ruby on zoisite rock. Ruby is a red-coloured variety of the mineral corundum, a crystalline aluminium oxide mineral. It is very hard, so used as an abrasive in industry, and clear samples can be cut into ornamental stones, as here. This sample is a round, facetted ruby measuring 12 millimetres across. It is resting on a rock of zoisite mineral, a silicate of calcium and aluminium. The red areas in the rock are rough ruby.

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Keywords: aluminium oxide, calcium aluminium hydroxy, corundum, crystal, crystalline, crystals, decorative, earth science, facetted, gem, gemstone, gemstones, geological, geology, mineral, mineralogy, ornamental stone, pebble, pebbles, precious, rough ruby, rubies, ruby, silicate, zoisite

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