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#1576

22shells
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07 December 2017 07:27 pm

Seems a bit harder than the normal "mirror-like" mica and can't scratch it easily, but it's in flaky layers a bit like mica. Looks good under the microscope, has a bit of a "crystallized" look to it if that makes sense. Hope it's not asbestos. I really need to try and find some with a bit more blue in it.

#1577

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07 December 2017 10:13 pm

Blue asbestos looks like this piece I was sent once by accident. It's kind of fluffy.

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#1578

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07 December 2017 10:14 pm

Yea mate what happened about that i must have missed it


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#1579

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07 December 2017 10:47 pm

7.62 I ended up giving it to a retired geologist mate of ours for safe keeping.
I emailed the company with a picture of the piece and told them they should check what they send out for tumbling more carefully, they were I think relived that I didn't want to take it further and thanked me for bringing it to their attention.


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#1580

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07 December 2017 10:51 pm

Thanks mate i must have missed the outcome well done


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#1581

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07 December 2017 11:53 pm

Was Asbestos Found in the Area?.. Most Asbestos has a Fibrous Nature... Most, not All roll ...

Looks like Kyanite to me.... Kyanite will fade in the Sunlight, so if you Dig down you may find some Better Stuff..... thumbsup

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LW....

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#1582

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08 December 2017 06:26 am

I did a quick google search and yes, apparently asbestos was found in the general area- but so was kyanite and lots of other things too. This stuff isn't fluffy, here's a close up:
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#1583

SneakyCuttlefish
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08 December 2017 07:23 am

Looks much more crystalline. I'd lean more towards kyanite.

#1584

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08 December 2017 02:35 pm

Kyanite.... The Blue gives it away... Nice find...Keep Diggin, there Will be better quality there...

LW....


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#1585

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08 December 2017 03:09 pm

Yahoo for kyanite, that's a relief.
Mackka

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#1586

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10 December 2017 09:53 pm

Tried to find some more this weekend, only got one small low grade sample. Got some OK tourmaline schorl crystals, about a dozen with terminated ends and a couple double terminated. Some tourmaline in schist speccies. Then while looking through schist found some with what looks to be pyrite cubes in it. Wonder if anything else could be in that schist?

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10 December 2017 11:18 pm

Hey guys, did some rockhounding on the way back from Gunnedah the other week!
I was stoked with some of the sapphires me and my partner found ( was our first time looking for sapphires!!) Luckily managed to sniff out a little pocket of smoky quartz too!

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HEY 22shells would be cool to see some photos of the tourmaline and the dice?!
Also can anyone tell me what the red/orange rocks we found with our sapphires are?
I love rocks.... thumbsup

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#1588

Heatho
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11 December 2017 07:08 am

The orange ones are most likely zircons or garnets Nugs, will need a better pic to be sure though.


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11 December 2017 02:56 pm

Nice colour in that quartz Nugs! It looks similar to the stuff I get, but it's darker. That colour would look good cut, I haven't been able to find any like that where I go. Here's some of the tourmaline from the weekend:
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#1590

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11 December 2017 03:13 pm

Schist with something in it. The rock on the right has a cube and you can see a gap where I pulled one out that was a cube. The rock on the left I was hoping they were garnets, but I think it's probably the same stuff as in the other rock, just a bit more weathered so they don't look like cubes any more.
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#1591

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11 December 2017 03:21 pm

Normally when I look for things in schist all I find is schist... but this one has something in it. Not really a cube, more of a rectangle.
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#1592

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11 December 2017 03:30 pm

Tourmaline in schist. This is the same rock as the one on the right above, just on the other side of it.
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#1593

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11 December 2017 05:40 pm

22, they look like Devil's Dice. They were once pyrite cubes, but have been replaced by limonite. I have found some in an old gold mines tailings. Hope this helps - Jack

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#1594

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11 December 2017 05:41 pm

And by the way, they can form in rectangles. I have some examples.

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#1595

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19 December 2017 12:27 am

Heatho wrote:

The orange ones are most likely zircons or garnets Nugs, will need a better pic to be sure though.

Let us know what you think they are? thumbsup
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Cool rocks your picking up 22shells, love the tourmaline, you get any colours other than black out there? Some serious mineralogy going on in that pyrite hematite siderite limonite stuff! thumbsup thumbsup

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#1596

Heatho
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19 December 2017 07:41 am

Look like poor quality zircons mate. They could be something else though.


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#1597

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19 December 2017 07:46 am

Thanks Nugs, could be zircons you've got there? Pretty sure all the tourmaline is black, but I think the SA museum might have a bit of elbaite so you never know what you might find. Would love to find some green tourmaline but it's all black- I have a couple bits of green tourmaline I bought at a gem show but it's not the same as finding them yourself. Last weekend I found heaps of small garnets and a rock with good blue that I think might be peacock ore.

#1598

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19 December 2017 02:29 pm

Close up of the blue rock:
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#1599

22shells
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19 December 2017 02:41 pm

Small garnets:
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19 December 2017 02:50 pm

22shells wrote:

Pretty sure that it's actually azurite, any copper mines in the area?


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