Gosh-Garnet! It’s Time for January’s Birthstone.

Now this is a stone that a biologist can really love: the name “garnet” does not refer to just one stone, but to a series of several species (yes! Species! I told you biologists would love it) of stone, each one similar, and yet unique, in their formation and chemical structure. Oh January, January, you […]


Twinkle Topaz

Topaz is a hard, hard gem, coming in at a whopping 8 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. It has perfect cleavage in one direction (that’s what she said, har har har, no but really, don’t hit your topaz against hard things, it might split in two). And it’s probably the Ron Swanson […]