Amazing photos show extreme close-up pictures of the insides of precious gem stones - with colourful patterns that look like tropical seas or photos from space

Photographer Alberto Panizza captured the remarkable photos

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These stunning close-up photographs show the colourful patterns found inside precious gemstones - which look like tropical seas or photos taken from space.

The amazing, swirly patterns, in shades of yellow, orange, red, purple and blue, were found on the polished insides of a series of colourful rocks.

One photo, in different shades of purple, shows the jagged edges of an amethyst stone.

And another, in dappled hues of blue and white, resembles ocean waves breaking.

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The microscopic photographs were captured by photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, 44, who specialises in macro photography.

The technique allows a photographer to take extremely close-up photographs of their subjects.

His latest photos show the insides of agate rocks which have formed over millions of years due to the cooling of lava covering them.

Alberto said: "Nature always surprises with its wonder. It seems that tropical seas, remote islands and universes can be found set inside these stones."