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Dr. F.

climber
Retired Climber, SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2011 - 09:50pm PT
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FortMental

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Nov 28, 2011 - 09:55pm PT
Nice rocks! I made some of those too with an old Smithsonian Museum Crystal Growing Kit...
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Nov 28, 2011 - 09:56pm PT
Nature: that's cool...post a photo.

The photo I posted above is from an uplifted sea stack named Sunset Rocks (aka Mammoth rocks) on the Sonoma coast near Jenner, CA. It is a popular top roping crag. The rock is highly polished in some spots and has been interpreted as an animal rubbing stone. I didn't believe it at first.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23566

Dr. F.

climber
Retired Climber, SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2011 - 10:01pm PT
You didn't make any of those

Those are all rare Gem Crystals
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Nov 28, 2011 - 10:10pm PT
Dr F, any of those lab made, or all naturally found?

Dr. F.

climber
Retired Climber, SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2011 - 04:42pm PT
WTF??

Those are all natural gem crystals

Here is the history:
They came from the earth, and then the dirt was cleaned off, Not one of them was ever polished or cut.
They were sold as is

Then I bought them,
and then put them on a display base as part of a gem crystal Collection
Then I entered it in the OC Fair, and won 1st place for All Collections
Then took a picture of it, then disassembled it
and put the singles back in the Show case

That display is worth around $2000, I bought them one at a time over 20 years at Rock Shows from Native Country dealers

Close up
Credit: Dr. F.
Any one want to try and ID Them???
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Aug 27, 2012 - 11:21am PT
Time to bump this thread again.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2012 - 09:16am PT
Working on some more photos, since it's raining

Apatite
Purple and pink are the most desirable color, due to it's rarity
Credit: Dr. F.

Yellow Apatite is the most common form
Credit: Dr. F.

I took these with artificial light,
and apparently not as good as the earlier ones I took using natural light
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 4, 2012 - 07:45pm PT
OK, the taco is looking a little slow tonight. It must be time for "rock-heads."

I like finding minerals in crystal form "in matrix."

Mostly in the mountains, but I do have a noted weakness for the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.

Some Tucson show Apatite.

Apatite from Durango Mexico
Apatite from Durango Mexico
Credit: Fritz

And a cool feldspar & small smoky quartz crystal cluster I found in Idaho in the 1980's.
Microcline crystals and a few small Smoky Quartz crystals on Albite.
Microcline crystals and a few small Smoky Quartz crystals on Albite.
Credit: Fritz
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Dec 5, 2012 - 05:32am PT
It is very cool. Great collection.

What year did you win at the fair?
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Dec 5, 2012 - 07:28am PT
We have been collecting up here for the last two years. The Oregon coast is fun and it gives me something to do while walking up and down the beach when I am not out climbing something.
Mostly we find agates and jasper and some petrified wood. We have tumbler and polish em up. It's fun and my wife loves it. It's like Christmas every time we open up the tumbler. I can hear it grinding away even as I type this.
Biggest piece of petrified wood we have found. Rough and un polished a...
Biggest piece of petrified wood we have found. Rough and un polished at this point.
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Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 5, 2012 - 08:30pm PT
Here's a great Tucson Mineral Show rock. The sellers let me photograph it. Price was out of my range.

Aquamarine on feldspar crystals.  About 10" x 12"
Aquamarine on feldspar crystals. About 10" x 12"
Credit: Fritz
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Dec 9, 2012 - 08:52pm PT
This is our haul today. One of the agates my wife found was the size of her fist.
Credit: Plaidman
The pile in this picture are un-polished, but they will be awesome when they are tumbled.
Credit: Plaidman

This next pic is all the jasper that we found. I kinda like the jasper better. They sure have some good color.
Credit: Plaidman

Here are some close ups of some of the agates with a flashlight underneath them to show off the color. This first one is the fist sized agate my wife found.
Credit: Plaidman
Another view.
Credit: Plaidman

Here are the last of the agates with light under.
Credit: Plaidman
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Credit: Plaidman
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 9, 2012 - 09:21pm PT
Plaidman! Your rocks rock!

Thank you for sharing!

I have found most of my mineral specimans, but I do have a weak moment every now and then at the Tucson Show.

Calcite crystals from Mexico.
Calcite crystals from Mexico.
Credit: Fritz

Aquamarine & mica from Pakistan.
Aquamarine & mica from Pakistan.
Credit: Fritz
ClimbingOn

Trad climber
NY
Dec 9, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
Plaidman, that "biggest piece of petrified wood we have found" is not petrified wood. Not trying to be a downer, just saying...
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 9, 2012 - 11:07pm PT
Fritz, are you sure thatís not some sort of mica, like muscovite, with your beryl crystals? Doesn't look like feldspar.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Dec 10, 2012 - 06:17am PT
ClimbingOn - Ok. What are you saying? If it isn't petrified wood what is it?
Heavy and rock, looks like wood with wood grain makes it petrified wood in my book. If I had a book about petrified wood.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 10, 2012 - 07:25am PT
Minerals: re your comment:
Fritz, are you sure thatís not some sort of mica, like muscovite, with your beryl crystals? Doesn't look like feldspar.


Yes of course it is. I was just testing you.

Really!

I wasn't posting drunk!

Trust me!
spenchur

climber
Flagstaff/Thousand Oaks
Dec 10, 2012 - 07:54am PT
I agree with minerals here, that looks like muscovite. Feldspars don't usually have "sheets" like that, and muscovite often twins perpendicularly like that.

edit: fritz beat me back here.
ClimbingOn

Trad climber
NY
Dec 10, 2012 - 05:05pm PT
Plaidman, What you have is a nice piece of schist, polished by either a stream, beach, or possibly glacier. Yours is a dead ringer for the piece in the middle right of the following photo from a beach in Maine. Even the banding is the same. Petrified wood tends to have a number of different and identifying characteristics.

Credit: ClimbingOn
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