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Mineral & Lapidary Pronunciation
(aka:Rocks for Dummies)

A handy, dandy guide to help you annunciate some difficult terms,
and impress your friends and family
with all your mineral knowledge.

A
Acicularuh-SICK-you-larActinoliteak-TIN-oh-lite
Adamanitead-uh-MAN-teenAdularescenseAJ-uh-ler-Ess-ence
Alabasteral-uh-Bass-terAlbiteAL-bite
AlexandriteAL-egg-Zan-driteAlmanditeAL-mun-dite
AmethystAm-uh-thistAmyodaloidaluh-Mig-duh-Loid-ull
Analciteah-NAL-siteAndalusitean-duh-LEW-site
AnglesiteANG-luh-siteApatiteAPP-uh-tite
Apophylliteah-POF-ih-liteAragoniteuh-RAG-uh-nite
ArcentiteAR-jen-titeAsbestosas-BEST-us
AugiteAW-jiteAutuniteaw-TUN-ite
Aventurineah-VEN-chu-reenAzuriteAZZ-your-ite
B
BariteBEAR-iteBasaltbuh-SALT
BecquereliteBECK-er-iteBenitoitebeh-NEE-toe-ite
BerylBEHR-uhlBiotiteBy-oh-tite
Botryoidalbah-tree-OY-dullBrecciaBRETCH-ee-uh
BruciteBREW-site
C
CabochonCAB-oh-shonCalciteKAL-site
CalomineKAL-ah-mineCalcareouskal-CARE-ee-us
Carneliencar-KNEEL-yunCassiteritekuh-SIT-uh-rite
Cavansitekuv-AN-siteCelestitesuh-LES-tite
Cerussitesuh-RUS-iteCervantitesur-VAN-tite
Chabazitecab-uh-ziteChalcanthitekal-CAN-thite
Chalcedonykal-SED-n-eeChalcocitekal-ko-site
Chalcopyritekal-ko-PIE-riteChalcotrichitekal-ko-TREEK-ite
ChertchurtChiestoliteky-AS-toe-lite
Chalcopyritekal-ko-PIE-riteChalcotrichitekal-ko-TREEK-ite
ChrysoberylCHRIS-uh-behr-uhlChrysocollaCHRIS-uh-cola
ChrysopreseCHRIS-oh-prezeChrysotileCHRIS-oh-till
CinnabarSIN-uh-barCitrineSIT-reen
ClarkeiteCLARK-iteConchoidalKon-KOY0-dull
Conglomeratecon-GLOM-ur-iteCorundumkuh-RUN-dum
Covelliteko-VELL-iteCristobalitechris-TOE-buh-lite
CrocoiteCROW-koh-iteCupritecoo-prite
D
DatoliteDat-oh-liteDendriteDEN-drite
DiabaseDIE-ah-baseDioptasedie-OP-tase
DioriteDIE-oh-riteDolomiteDOE-luh-mite
DrusyDrew-zDumortieritedu-MORT-ee-uh-rite
E
Enargiteen-AR-jiteEpidoteEP-ih-dote
ErythriteERR-uh-thritEuchroiteYOU-crow-ite
F
FluorescenceFlor-ESS-entsFluoriteFLOO-ur-ite
Forsteritefor-STIR-iteFulgeriteFULG-your-ite
G
GabbroGAB-rooGalenaguh-LEE-nuh
GangueGang-uGastrolithGAS-troh-lite
GenthiteGENN-thiteGeodeJEE-ode
GlauberiteGLOB-ur-iteGlauconiteGLAW-kuh-nite
GneissniceGoethiteGuhr-tite
GoshentiteGO-shun-niteGraniteGRANN-it
GraphiteGRAFF-iteGypsumJIP-sum
H
HaliteHAY-liteHematiteHEEM-uh-tite
HeulanditeHEW-lun-diteHyaliteHIGH-uh-lite
I
IlmeniteILL-muh-niteItacolumiteIT-uh-COLL-you-mite
K
Kaolinitekay-ILL-o-niteKyaniteKY-uh-nite
L
Lamellarluh-mell-urLapis LazuliLAP-is LAZ-you-les
LaumontiteLAW-mun-titeLepidoliteluh-PID-uh-lite
LimoniteLIME-uh-niteLuminescenselew-muh-NESS-ense
M
MalachiteMAL-uh-kiteMalleableMAL-lee-uh-bull
Maganapatitemang-gan-AP-uh-titeMarcasiteMAR-kuh-site
Micaceousmy-KAY-shuhsMicroclineMY-kro-kline
MimetiteMIM-uh-titeMuscoviteMUSS-koh-vite
N
NatroliteNAY-tro-liteNephelineNEFF-uh-lin
NiccoliteNICK-oh-liteNovaculitenoh-VACK-you-lite
O
Obsidianob-SIDD-ee-unOligoclaseAHL-ih-go-klays
Ooliticoh-uh-LIT-ickOlivineOLL-uh-veen
OrpimentOR-puh-mintOrthoclaseOR-tho-klays
P
PectolitePECK-toh-litePegmatitePEG-muh-tite
PeridotPEAR-ih-dohPhosphorescenceFOSS-fuh-RESS-ince
Piezoelectricpee-a-zoh-e-LECK-trickPlacioclasePLAJ-ee-uh-klase
PlumosePLOO-mosePorphyryPOR-fuh-ree
PrehnitePRAY-niteProusitePROOS-ite
PlumosePLOO-mosePorphyryPOR-fuh-ree
PseudomorphSUDE-uh-morfPsilomelanesill-LOM-uh-lane
PumicePUMM-icePyroxenepie-ROCKS-seen
PyrolusitePIE-ro-LEW-sitePyrrhotitePUR-uh-tite
R
Realgarree-AL-garrReniformREN-uh-form
ResinousREZ-uh-nuhssReticulatedruh-TICK-u-late-ed
RhodochrositeROE-doe-KRO-siteRhyoliteRYE-O-lite
RiebeckiteRE-bah-kiteRubelliteREW-buh-lite
RutileROO-TEELRutilatedROO-tuh-late-ed
S
SegeniteSAJ-en-niteScheeliteSHEE-lite
SchistshistSeleniteSELL-eh-nite
SerpentineSIR-pen-TEENSideriteSID-ur-rite
SiliceousSuh-LISH-usSillimaniteSILL-uh-muh-nite
SmithsoniteSMITH-son-iteSodaliteSO-duh-lite
SphaleriteSFAL-uh-riteSpinelspuh-NELL
SpodumeneSPOD-you-meenStauroliteSTAWR-uh-lite
SteatiteSTEE-TITEStephaniteSTEFF-uh-nite
StibniteSTIB-niteStilbiteSTILL-bite
SyeniteSIGH-uh-niteSylvaniteSILL-vah-nite
T
TantaliteTAN-tuh-liteTanzaniteTAN-za-nite
TetrohedriteTET-ruh-HEE-driteThuliteTHEW-lite
TorberniteTAWR-burn-iteTourmalineTOOR-muh-leen
TrechyteTRAY-kiteTroneTROE-nuh
TroostiteTRUE-stiteTurquoiseTURR-Koyz
U
UlexiteYOU-luck-siteUllmanniteULL-man-ite
UnakiteYOU-nuh-kiteUraniniteyou-RAH-nun-nite
Uranophaneyou-RAN-oh-faneUvaroviteoo-VAR-uh-vite
W
WavelliteWAVE-uh-liteWerneriteVER-ner-ite
WillemiteWILL-uh-miteWitheriteWITH-er-ite
WolframiteWOOL-fruh-miteWulfeniteWOOL-fuh-nite
Z
ZeoliteZEE-oh-liteZinciteZING-kite
ZinnwalditeTSIN-vahl-titeZirconZER-kahn



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