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Names for Polished Rocks

Collection of polished rocks

On this page we help you figure out the names of some polished rocks and minerals (like those you can buy at rock shops and museum stores).

 

To get started, look at the color of the polished rock 
or mineral.  Is it mostly:

bulletred or pink
bulletyellow
bulletgreen
bulletblue
bulletpurple
bulletbrown
bulletblack
bulletclear
bulletgold or brassy

   

Red or Pink

Red Jasper Rose Quartz Rhodonite Unakite
Rich red or brown, waxy looking  Pale pink, glassy looking, some light shines through Pink and creamy white with black marks Pink and green,
looks waxy, not glassy

   
Yellow

Tiger's Eye
 Streaks of gold and brown, shimmers in sunlight

   
Green

Green Quartz Serpentine Green Aventurine Tree Agate Unakite
 Pale green, looks more glassy than waxy Mostly olive green, often looks and feels greasy Dark green, with tiny, sparkly flakes inside White with wavy green marks Green and pink,
looks waxy, not glassy

   
Blue

Blue Lace Agate Sodalite
 "Baby" blue, with white lines of "lace" Dark blue with streaks of white

   
Purple

Amethyst
 Pale to dark, glassy looking, light shines through

   
Brown

Turritella Agate Tiger's Eye
Brown agate with white, spiral snail shells inside  Streaks of brown and gold, shimmers in sunlight

   
Black

Obsidian Snowflake Obsidian Zebra Marble
Black with some red or brown spots Black with white spots shaped like snowflakes Black streaks and spots on white rock

   
White

Zebra Marble Snowflake Obsidian
White with black streaks and spots Sometimes more white spots than black rock! 

   
Clear

Rock Crystal Quartz
 Clear, glassy looking

   
Gold or Brassy

Pyrite or
"Fool's Gold"
Masses of small, brassy-looking crystals
(These are naturally shiny, not polished!)

   

If you want to find out how rocks can be polished, go here.
< http://www.northside.isd.tenet.edu/villaww/JagWeb2000/HTML%20files/Subjects/Science/earthstructure/rocks_-_ale.htm >
   

Digging in Mock Rock

Mock rock is pretend rock (kind of like play dough, but with sand in it).  We make mock rock, bury polished rocks in it, then dig out the polished rocks.

Go here to learn how to make mock rock.

 

Polished Rock Bingo

We played Polished Rock Bingo at Ethan's
birthday party this year.  To see an online 
version of a Polished Rock Bingo game card, 
go here.

To download a Word 2000 version of the
Bingo card, click hereWARNING:  This is
a really big file!  The advantage of using this
version is that you can rearrange the pictures
to make as many different bingo cards as 
you need.

To download an Adobe Acrobat pdf version 
of the Bingo card, click here.  This is much
smaller than the Word 2000 file, but you can
only print one card at this point.  (I'll change 
that in the future!)

 


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This page was created on March 12, 2001, and it was last updated on June 6, 2003.