Story: Gemstones


Kyanite, an aluminium silicate, is one of the few blue minerals that occur naturally in New Zealand. The polished slab comes from a boulder in Jacobs River, South Westland, one of the few places that this mineral has been found. It is made of kyanite associated with green chrome mica.

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Jocelyn Thornton, 'Gemstones - Other gemstones', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Jocelyn Thornton, published 12 Jun 2006