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Stone Identification
« on: March 10, 2016, 02:29:06 am »
I came across this stone on a walk the other day, on a woodland trail  (I didn't see anyone around or meet anyone on the walk that could've dropped it) but I can't tell if it's a Crystal and, if so, what kind it may be. If it is a crystal, it would be quite useful for several reason, but I would need to identify it first which comes as a challenge. I looked at some pictures online, and I could only really match it to a rose quartz. It looks like a pale rose quartz, except it has these patches of brown rock - not smooth,  but rough sort of blots, that seem to sit as a layer over the rock. Is anyone willing and able to help with this, please?

[More detailed description]
Looks like a pale rose quartz, one end roughed and square as if it came from a larger source, the other end faceted with six facetes drawing to a point. The brown patches of rock are rough, and about the shade of dirt or usual rocks (but I couldn't scrub or scratch it off, so I don't think it's just hardened mud). Because the brown seems to be a layer of its own, and doesn't run through the rock from what I can see, it makes me doubt if the brown is a part of the rock, or another substance or rock simply attached. I can only really call the facetes pale pink, as the roughened parts of its body are more white. It's quite small and fits easily even in my little hand, if that helps.

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Re: Stone Identification
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2016, 09:03:37 am »
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I came across this stone on a walk the other day, on a woodland trail  (I didn't see anyone around or meet anyone on the walk that could've dropped it) but I can't tell if it's a Crystal and, if so, what kind it may be. If it is a crystal, it would be quite useful for several reason, but I would need to identify it first which comes as a challenge. I looked at some pictures online, and I could only really match it to a rose quartz. It looks like a pale rose quartz, except it has these patches of brown rock - not smooth,  but rough sort of blots, that seem to sit as a layer over the rock. Is anyone willing and able to help with this, please?

[More detailed description]
Looks like a pale rose quartz, one end roughed and square as if it came from a larger source, the other end faceted with six facetes drawing to a point. The brown patches of rock are rough, and about the shade of dirt or usual rocks (but I couldn't scrub or scratch it off, so I don't think it's just hardened mud). Because the brown seems to be a layer of its own, and doesn't run through the rock from what I can see, it makes me doubt if the brown is a part of the rock, or another substance or rock simply attached. I can only really call the facetes pale pink, as the roughened parts of its body are more white. It's quite small and fits easily even in my little hand, if that helps.

Thanks to any and all replies made :)

 
It could be...but without a picture it's nearly impossible to know for sure. Rock ID is generally done by appearance and experimentation (like seeing what it can scratch/what can scratch it).
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Re: Stone Identification
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2016, 09:32:46 am »
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Really hard to say without a picture. I find a lot of white quartz here in North Wales and it is really common to find veins of it through other rocks so you could well have a piece of rose quartz mixed with some other rock.

Are you able to take a picture?

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Re: Stone Identification
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2016, 10:21:11 am »
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Are you able to take a picture?

  Yes, but I'm unsure of how to post it?

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Re: Stone Identification
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2016, 10:29:18 am »
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Are you able to take a picture?

 
Sorry, only just figured it out. Here.

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Re: Stone Identification
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2016, 12:44:36 pm »
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Sorry, only just figured it out. Here.

Oh yes!  That is a quite nice piece too! It's definitely a quartz of some flavor. The attached rock (I am having an epic brain fart and have forgotten the technical term for it) is pretty typical. However, Quartz classification isn't a fixed science. You look at the attributes and pick whatever seems closest even if it's not a perfect fit*.

The picture may not be doing it justice, but it appears to be milky white with a pinkish tinge to it? If so, I'd class it as a Milky Quartz.

If it's clearer than than it looks in the picture, it may be a Lithium Quartz. I have a very large pinkish Lithium Quartz with virtually identical attached rock to yours that was harvested in Norway; as the UK (if memory serves) is in the same stripe of geological goodness, it may possibly be that as well.

Do my guesses from the picture fit with how it looks in person? Either way, great find!


*from a geological standpoint. Metaphysically speaking, you can have a (for example) Milky Quartz with a touch of Rose in it and it will 'behave' as a blend of the two. I've run into that more than once.
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Re: Stone Identification
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2016, 03:48:49 pm »
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Do my guesses from the picture fit with how it looks in person?

 Thanks Allaya. Yeah, your descriptions are spot on, and considering that the attributed qualities of both the milky and rose quartz are complimentary to one another, it would make sense from a metaphysical standing that I might find elements of one in the other. Thanks again, I think I have a clearer idea of what it is now and what it may be used for.

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Re: Stone Identification
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2016, 07:32:41 pm »
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The attached rock (I am having an epic brain fart and have forgotten the technical term for it) is pretty typical.

 
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