Minerals. Table of Contents. Minerals Mineral Identification Uses of Minerals Journals. Minerals. Chapter 17 Section 1. What is a mineral?. Minerals are inorganic, solid materials and an orderly arrangement of atoms. found in nature.
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You can tell whether an object is a mineral by asking four questions.
Uses of Minerals
The Cullinan diamond, found in South Africa in 1905, was the largest uncut diamond ever discovered.The Cullinan diamond was cut into 9 main stones and 96 smaller ones. The largest of these is called the Cullinan 1 or Great Star of Africa, and it is now part of the British monarchy’s crown jewels.
Another well-known diamond is the blue Hope diamond. The Hope diamond has gained a reputation for bringing its owner bad luck.The Hope diamond’s mass is 45.52 carats (about 9 g). Currently, it is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
All gems are prized, but some are truly spectacular and have played an important role in history.