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Your Guide To Rock, Mineral, Crystal

Rock, Mineral, Crystal, stone, Gem. Confused? You are not alone.

The following is a simple illustrated guide, to help you understand the difference!


Rock, Mineral, Crystal

Milky Quartz (SiO2)

A mineral is one of the basic building blocks of our planet. It is a naturally occurring substance that has definite physical properties and chemical composition.

An example of a mineral is Quartz. Quartz is the most common mineral found on the surface of the earth!


Rock, Mineral, Crystal


A rock is composed of one or more minerals. Rocks are literally the foundation of our planet. A piece of rock is often referred to as a stone.

Granite is an example of a rock with multiple minerals including quartz, mica and many others.


Rock, Mineral, Crystal

Quartz Crystal

A crystal is a mineral that forms under ideal conditions. It is like a child raised in the perfect family! Every crystal has it own unique angular shape that sets it apart from other crystals.

Quartz crystals are some of the most beautiful crystals!


Rock Mineral Crystal

Quartz Gemstone

A valuable rock or mineral. Generally it has been cut and polished for use in jewelry. Sometimes a gemstone refers to a beautiful crystal even if it is not intended for commercial use.

This beautiful Quartz gemstone is ready for use in a necklace or ring!

Telling the difference between rock, mineral, crystal, and gem is not always clear.   If you don't use the correct terms don't worry!