Some people believe gems have almost magical, otherworldly healing powers; they are convinced that their color, shape and type ward off evil or attract love. Ever since humans first dug up precious crystals out of the dirt, they have astounded and inspired us with their trippy colors and mesmerizing striations. And today gems continue to have a strong appeal, with the wealthy still paying through the nose for the best of them. But some minerals appear more out-of-this-world and awesomely alien than others. Here, we give you 20 inspiring and impressive gemstones that look like they come from another galaxy.
20. Multi-Colored Fluorite
The term fluorescence stems from fluorite. You can see why. The alien-looking mineral comes in a broad swathe of colors: yellow, purple, green, blue. A lot of them happen to be visible on this fantastically rainbow-infused rock. Its unique coloration is regulated by radiation or extra “impure” chemicals in its structural composition.