Ya know when i first looked at it I thought beryl like Rick said, but wasn't to sure. Have you done a scratch test? Maybe one of our resident mineral picture identifiers can shed a little more light on the subject(arrapaho or gemlover). Seems like a pretty good find!
My guess is Columbian. Being that Hiddinite is supposed to be an Emerald mine. And Coumbian Emeralds are fairly cheap. Too bad we didnt have him look behind the fence at the end of the flume line. Usualy the bags they are imported in are stamped on the outside of the bags.... That last photo realy looks like it. Jim
Well, can't do better than the last. Most of the commercial mines throw a lot of fluorite in the mix. Looks good, plenty of color and they aren't going to do anything with it. The garnets are a nice deep red, I like them, and would love to have some that good to play with (I do have some). The schorl (black tourmaline) shows good identifying characteristics. Your hardness test made the fluorite pretty sure.
John Atwell Rasmussen, Ph.D., AJP Geologist and Gemologist
Post by lauriesrocks on Feb 14, 2011 17:50:15 GMT -5
Rick has the ID's exactly right. Junk. Total value 3 to 4 cents. Typical of Emerald Hollow. (The only thing hollow about that place are the skulls of those that continue to allow that farce to continue.
Post by carnelianpete on Feb 16, 2011 8:57:51 GMT -5
To me the reason the farce continues is good marketing and the fact that the guy makes money. As long as he makes money and he has a good marketing plan it will continue. Besides he is going after those people that may be a little less informed than most collectors and hounds. Sad but true. Anything to make buck.
Aw come on Laurie. Emerald Hollow is a great place to have an important and meaningful learning experience. You learn not to go there again. Heee ;D When I first got started seriously lookin for NC rocks, I went there and thought I was in the middle of all the action, the middle of the NC gemisphere! After about an hour or so and with a pocketfull of things that dont grow on this continent, I figured it out. Glad I found you guys when I did. I have to wonder though, If you dug around in that creek they have, and got deep enough, say under a rock, is there any chance of finding a local beryl or small scrap of corundum?
Hike deep into woods, avoid bear attack, dig hole, cut finger, whine about finger, smash rock, extract crystal, rejoice!!!, repeat as neccessary.