How do you rate on the Mohs Scale? A word test.



How many of these minerals can you name?

1. You can play on one of these or propose marriage with it.

2. Rubies and Sapphires are varieties of this aluminum oxide whose name is derived from the Sanskrit ‘Kuruvinda’ meaning ‘ruby’.

3. November’s birthstone and Utah’s state gemstone, it was used as the title of a Hitchcock thriller.

4. Amethyst and onyx are varieties of this mineral, that is said—playfully—to be in the eyes when you awake.  The Polish dialect term ‘kwardy’ (“hard”} is one of the  sources of its name.

5. This mineral’s name is from Ancient Greek for ‘straight fracture’. Curiosity Rover discovered high levels of it on Mars.

6. This mineral constitutes tooth enamel and bone mineral.  Its homophone refers to what everyone has several times a day.

7. It has been called the most colorful mineral in the world.  Its name comes from the Latin verb meaning ‘to flow’.

8. Some geologists consider it to be a ‘ubiquitous mineral’.  It’s the principal constituent of limestone and marble.

9. There’s enough of this mineral in the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico to supply the construction industry to make drywall for a 1000 years.  Sculptors are familiar with a variety of it, alabaster.

10. Soapstone is primarily make of it.  Tailors use a chalk form of it.  Its powder form has been linked to a few types of cancer.


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  • Diamond was the only one I got.

    But the graphic reminded me of the expression "Things are rough all over, especially at the Carborundum Corporation."

  • In reply to jack:

    And here I thought you were going to ask me about the Curlys Scale.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    No, I knew it had something to do with Horwitz, Horwitz and Associates, the successors to Dewey, Cheatum and Howe.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for making me laugh; it's always therapeutic.

  • That was fun. Kuruvinda is a beautiful word. Thank you, AW.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thanks, WG. It was fun to create too. And with a little maneuvering of letters you can see how that 'beautiful word' gave us the name of the mineral.

  • Seven out of ten for me. You're still a good test-maker!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Wow! Good score. I hadn't done one in a while. Thanks.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    You're welcome. Comes from being a physics teacher's daughter, I think.

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