So back in April, I wrote this open letter to Elon Musk and yesterday he shared it on Twitter. Talk about awesome sauce. Which got me to thinking, if I were a rock in his mineral collection, what would I be?
I’m not saying he has a mineral collection or that he doesn’t–I don’t know. This is all speculation but, Elon, if you get a chance to read this rocky post (pun totally intended) then here are some cool rock ideas for you.
1. Martian Hematite. (Photo credit Psy.edu)
Hematite is plentiful here on Earth, but Earth’s baby brother Mars has his own collection, too. In 1996 Tes (Thermal Emission Spectormeter) went to Mars and scored some hematite, which actually helps gives Mars that reddish color. That makes sense since hematite is an iron oxide mineral that is reddish when it’s rusty.
Also, in 2004, the rover Opportunity took a trip to the Meridiani Planum and scored some really cool specimens that looks like blueberries. They had grey hematite in them.
2. Moldavite. (Image Credit: GIA)
If you are a serious collector then you probably know about this awesome green rock that fell from the sky around 6 million years ago in Czechoslovakia. It was named after the area it was found in, the Moldau Valley. Not because of mold. Can’t make penicillin with this stuff, but you can make really cool sculptures, jewelry and art with it.
This tektite can be cut and faceted and is also associated with the legend of the holy grail. It’s also my personal favorite and when I first started wrapping stones, I used a piece that Daryl wrapped in silver to learn how to wrap with.
3. Shungite. (Image Credit: Shungit Gifts)
This stuff purifies water, helps treat Alzheimers, and protects your brain from EMF vibes from techy stuff. When I first heard about it, I did my some research and was even gifted a beautiful Shungite pyramid for water purification by Shungit Gifts. I gave the pyramid a good wash, because coming straight from the mine it was dusty plus probably a million people handed it before it got to me.
After washing it, I placed it in a glass decanter filled with tap water (yuck) and left it covered with a paper towel in a dark corner for 2-3 weeks. I actually forgot about it. The result: the best tasting water I’ve ever tasted. Several friends and us (my husband and I) did a taste test. We tasted water from the same tap then tasted the Shungite water. The difference was clear.
Shungite is the rarest form of carbon on the planet and is the only natural source of fullerenes, specifically C60, (due to it’s 60 carbon atoms arranged in trippy hexagon formations that create a hollow spherical structure). A Russian lab discovered that C60 actually helps protect the brain against the buildup of beta-amyloid proteins (associated with Alzheimer’s Disease). From what I’ve read, scientists are working with this still and water with Buckyballs( a nickname for the C60) is actually being used as an Alzheimer’s treatment.
4. Ruby Fuschite (Image Credit: Geology.com)
I was chatting with some random folks in a thread of replies to an Elon Musk post and someone called us Muskovites. Same pronunciation so this super common mineral is definitely on the list. However, I will talk about a very pretty sparkly version called Fuschite,
Fuchsite is also known as chrome mica or green muscovite. It gets its green color from the high amounts of chromium which contrasts nicely with the deep red of ruby.
Muscovite, Fuschite, Lepidolite, are all forms of Mica
5. Ajoite (Photo Credit: Gemgazer)
Ajoite (pronounced Ah-ho-ite) is a very rare mineral that occurs in quartz crystal. My piece came from the Messina mine in South Africa. Ajoite was first discovered in the Ajo area of AZ. When it is found, it’s usually with Shattukite or Papagoite (both very rare minerals occurring in quartz). Ajoite is a minor ore of copper.
Ajoite is available from specialty stores or dealers. I was lucky to get my piece and I wear it every day, (Yes, of course I wrapped it!)
6. Auralite23 (Photo Credit: Auralite-23.info)
Auralite is a term named for a type of Amethyst that has 23 (actually more have been discovered) minerals in it. It’s a really sweet mineral mix and my piece actually has prasiolite, another rare mineral, in it.
Ajoite (That awesome moment when I realize I had Ajoite and didn’t realize it until doing this post!)
7. Copper/Chrysocolla (Image Credit: Johnna Sabri. Image taken at the 2018 GA Gem and Mineral Show)
My very first mineral that started off my collection was a bright blue tumbled gem called Chyrsocolla. Chrysocolla often occurs with Malachite, Cuprite, Copper and/or Azurite. All of the above minerals are common ores of copper. (Malachite is actually Toxic).
When I went to the gem and mineral show (it was near a Tesla service center LOL) I just fell in love with this specimen. I didn’t get it but it is on my mental bucket list.
About the Author
Johnna Sabri is a mineral, gem and crystal collector and wire artist. She loves experimenting with different styles of wrapping and collecting gems and minerals. Her work has been modeled by GA State University students in one of their annual fashion shows.
Johnna has also served customers all around the world including Dubai, Finland, The Philippines, Australia, Canada, the UK, China, and Hong Kong as well as people in every US state.
She learned her craft from Grammy winning guitarist, Daryl Adonis Thompson, son of Eli “Lucky” Thompson, the saxophonist who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Isaac Hayes. Daryl was well known in the Little 5 Points Atlanta community as a master at his craft. Read more on Johnna here.