Testing and Identification

Mineralogical tests that can be done at home with relatively little equipment, to hopefully help you identify that mineral! 


Testing and Identification: Easy Specific Gravity testing at home

Testing and Identification: Easy Specific Gravity testing at home

Specific gravity testing is a tremendously useful testing method used in mineralogy to identify the density of a material from the known density of another material, generally water. It is one of the most effective tests that can be done at home, but it does have its...

Testing and Identification: The Mohs hardness test

Testing and Identification: The Mohs hardness test

So, what is the Mohs hardness scale? The Mohs hardness scale is, unsurprisingly, a hardness scale, invented by someone called Friedrich Mohs. Specifically, it defines hardness by the ability to scratch, or to be scratched by other minerals. This gives us a very quick...