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Gem Quiz: After Millions of Years, This Greek-Sounding Gem Hit a Plot Twist

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Hememorphite 1Imagine the shock. For millions of years we thought we were one and the same … until that fateful day in 1803, when the formidable rock collector James Smithson (yes, he of Institution fame) declared we weren’t calamine at all, but two distinct minerals, one a carbonate and the other a silicate. My newly discovered “brother” eventually took the name of the good Mr. Smithson. I, because of the unusual way my crystals terminate with dissimilar faces, was called something much more Greek sounding.

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