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Ruby is a form of the mineral corundum.

Ruby originates from metamorphic rock, and is a variety of the mineral corundum, second only to the diamond in hardness.

Moonstone's signature iridescence is evident even in its uncut rock form.

When light enters the stone, it is bounced back and forth between these layers before it exits as the glowing moon-like effect we see.

Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl, shown here in its uncut state.

Emerald is another variety of beryl. It is surprisingly common for emeralds to contain flaws and veins of chemicals called inclusions.

Quartz crystal is an alternate birthstone for April.

Diamond is a form of carbon with a tightly bound crystalline structure that originates deep inside the Earth.

Aquamarine gems are a clear blue-green color.

Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl. Beryl generally forms inside granites as magma (molten rock) cools deep inside the Earth.

Amethyst Amethyst is a member of the quartz family.

Amethyst is popular for its color and crystal shapes that produce handsome, purple, sparkling clusters. 

natural garnet

Garnet can be found in metamorphic rocks and sometimes in granites and volcanic rocks.

Baskets on table

Diagrams, resources and activities to guide exploration of Northwest Coast basketry.

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