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Emily84

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Identification of crystals
« on: March 10, 2014, 01:00:36 pm »
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Hello All,

I wondered if I could trouble you for some help identifying these crystals.

I have been looking online but it is so hard to tell! My thoughts were as follows:

A) perhaps Jet or Onyx
B) perhaps Cavansite, Azurite or blue Apatite
C) perhaps Unakite
D) perhaps  Obsidian, Dalmation, Magnesite or White Howlite
E) perhaps Lapis Lazuli
F) perhaps Labradorite.

Of course I could be totally wrong, and I know it is hard to tell from pictures but any ideas you could give me would be much appreciated.

Thank you

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Re: Identification of crystals
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2014, 02:11:32 pm »
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Hello All,

I wondered if I could trouble you for some help identifying these crystals.

I have been looking online but it is so hard to tell! My thoughts were as follows:

A) perhaps Jet or Onyx
B) perhaps Cavansite, Azurite or blue Apatite
C) perhaps Unakite
D) perhaps  Obsidian, Dalmation, Magnesite or White Howlite
E) perhaps Lapis Lazuli
F) perhaps Labradorite.

Of course I could be totally wrong, and I know it is hard to tell from pictures but any ideas you could give me would be much appreciated.

Thank you

 

Hey, I wish I could help you, but the picture is very small.

I can recommend that you head to a library and pick up a general reference book or field guide on minerals. It will likely be more helpful in identifying stones than the internet, or a specialized guide such as used in crystal work.
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Re: Identification of crystals
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2014, 02:22:20 pm »
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A) perhaps Jet or Onyx
B) perhaps Cavansite, Azurite or blue Apatite
C) perhaps Unakite
D) perhaps  Obsidian, Dalmation, Magnesite or White Howlite
E) perhaps Lapis Lazuli
F) perhaps Labradorite.

As you say, it's difficult to identify stones from pictures.  My best guesses:

A. Could be jet or onyx. If it feels very light, it's probably jet.  Otherwise, it's likely onyx (which is in the quartz family) or, more likely, dyed to look like onyx.

B. Almost certainly azurite.  Be careful with this -- it's very fragile.

C. Probably a jasper (which is in the quartz family).  You'll see jaspers given all sorts of names by various vendors (especially bead vendors).  Sometimes those are names that are generally agreed on and used by rock collectors, sometimes they're just intended to make the rock sound cool and interesting so people will buy them.

D.  Maybe howlite, but that's just a guess.

E. Almost certainly an agate, which is also in the quartz family and is similar to jasper.  I suspect this one is dyed blue.

F.  Hard to say from the pic.  Could be labradorite if it has flashes of color (usually blues, greens, and/or golds).

These are just my guesses.

You might try posting on the Gem Addicts forum, where there are people who REALLY know their rocks.
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Re: Identification of crystals
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2014, 02:24:53 pm »
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Of course I could be totally wrong, and I know it is hard to tell from pictures but any ideas you could give me would be much appreciated.



A) possibly Black Tourmaline or Obsidian or Onyx, probably not Jet as it doesn't look greasy enough

B) most likely Azurite

C) looks to be poor quality Unakite (technically a blend of Epidote and Feldspar) that's missing the majority of its Epidote component...which, in turn would make it an excellent piece of Pink Granite. It's not Jasper since you can very clearly see the grains.

D) definitely not Obsidian (it's never white) or Dalmation Jasper (lacks the spots), could possibly be Magnesite but it's not as lumpy as they usually are, mostly likely White Howlite

E) possibly Lapis Lazuli due to what looks like a grey/gold swirl, possibly Sodalite because something about the grain and color seems off for Lapis but it might just be the camera

F) probably correct that it's Labradorite.
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Re: Identification of crystals
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2014, 03:13:13 pm »
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You might try posting on the Gem Addicts forum, where there are people who REALLY know their rocks.

Thanks both for your reply, good to know I wasn't a million miles away with some!

I have registered for the Gem Addicts forum!

Thanks again
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