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A mineral is a crystalline solid formed through natural processes.
Silver, arsenic, uranium, copper, asbestos (a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals), tungsten, halite (salt that we use in our food), and quartz (the sand at the beach), are all examples of minerals.
Each mineral has a different chemical composition, as well as different physical properties such as crystalline structure, hardness, density, flammability, and color.
Knowledge of minerals and there chemical compounds is absolute a must before cleaning any specimen (mostly a combination of several minerals) with chemical substances.
Warning; cleaning a mineral with chemical substances (like acid’s ore base) can cause extreme toxic fumes or liquids, serious poisoning and other health risk; so be very careful!
Disclaimer: the use of the information in the following tables is at your own risk; always use the appropriate personal protection in a attempt to clean, cut or polishing a mineral!