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    STONES / ROCKS help please... an ID and info much appreciated...

    Got some rocks and or stones that have been laying around for awhile... some for many many years...
    Have no idea what they are for sure and or if they are worth continuing to save them etc.

    Values would be a plus.

    I know quite a bit about stones but mostly precious and semi precious varieties...
    And I have some "ideas" on what some of these may be but really am not sure in the least.

    Thanks in advance.

    ARC

    Will post pics on this thread of the MANY I have accumulated over the years...
    Beginning momentarily...

    Stay tuned.
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    ARC

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    First up... I have always thought this stone was a Tourmaline...
    It is actually made up of wha appears to be several different stones...

    Bought it long ago with some others at a garage sale for $1.

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    Sorry Honey, I canít. Iíve got plans with my metal detector.

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    My vote is amethyst on the purple one
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigWaveDave View Post
    My vote is amethyst on the purple one
    There is a strong possibility of this BUT...

    Amethyst usually grows within a geode formation it seems... AND... this one has a "star" or square inner realm.
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    Sorry Honey, I canít. Iíve got plans with my metal detector.

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    I'm the guy who knows less than you about rocks...
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    EVERY COIN, SILVERS, AND TOKENS FOUND IN FLORIDA I SOLD...STARTING FRESH IN MARYLAND

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    steve andermatt

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    The first might be beryl and tourmaline?
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    It's very hard to ID minerals from photos and sometimes even when you have them in your hand, many minerals comes in a wide variety of colors, a few tests are in order, we can start with a couple of the most common tests that most people start with when trying to ID an unknown specimen.

    If you know how to do a Mohs hardness test it would help greatly, also you need to determine the streak color, there are other tests that would help as well but let start with these first, test the specimens in an area that will not detract from it's appeal when viewing them.

    If you don't know how to do these tests, you can find instructions online, they're relatively easy to do.

    That being said just from looking at these 2 specimens, I would say KEEP them, could be valuable or not but the eye appeal of both make them worth keeping!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigWaveDave View Post
    I'm the guy who knows less than you about rocks...
    And I'm the guy who knows less about rocks than BigWaveDave.
    Which means, I barely know the rocks that are rattling around inside my head.

    That said, I have a link bookmarked on my other PC to some college lab in Europe (I think) that had a pretty good "show & tell" YouTube video for amateur gem ID.
    Some gems can be ID by the way they cleave, and how many flat surfaces that have when you try to break them up.
    I'll see if I can dig it up for you tomorrow.
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    My guess is tourmaline and fluorite. I was a geology major until I ran into Calculus (3 times). So I probably know least of all about this. But, who knows, maybe I'm right.
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    I have never ever ever seen anything quite like that.... ever ! Not in my wildest dreams! !!
    How did that head form from out of that rock?
    Shrunken head? Or was it carved?
    Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by austin View Post
    My guess is tourmaline and fluorite. I was a geology major until I ran into Calculus (3 times). So I probably know least of all about this. But, who knows, maybe I'm right.

    ...me too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyadive View Post
    I have never ever ever seen anything quite like that.... ever ! Not in my wildest dreams! !!
    How did that head form from out of that rock?
    Shrunken head? Or was it carved?
    Lol
    What is even more strange is that there's a identical "head" growing out of both specimens!!
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    You could roll down to the rock forum. Lots of knowledge there.
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    Chop wood..Carry water

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    I agree that the second is likely Flourite but I am not sure what the makeup is of the host rock! The first one is possibly green Kyanite or Tourmaline but I am leaning towards the former. I am unsure of the host rock but there appears to be Moonstone in the rock as a companion.


    Frank
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