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 Post subject: A New Quiz
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:41 pm 
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I finally had too much spare time today and thought I would give this quizzing thing another try. This time we have 6 stones in which color I've tried to minimize color as a distinguishing feature between the gems. The only condition is that you must guess all 6 each time and I will only let you know how many of the six you got right - not which ones.

Oh, and I decided to write each clue in the first person. It may be silly, but it made it more fun for me while coming up with the clues. :wink:

Alright, here we go...

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Stone 1: I am a bit of an unusual color for my species, but I don’t mind as it sets me apart from my American cousins. I make friends quite easily – in fact, I have share a basic building block with two of the other gems in the quiz.


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Stone 2: My chemical makeup is actually very similar to one of the other gems in the list. Again, I am a bit of an unusual color. Oh yeah, and my SG is lowest of the six stones.

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Stone 3: It doesn’t really bother me that I am a product of weathering. Nor that my SG is the highest of all six stones. My confidence is restored by my range of attractive colors.

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Stone 4: My type locality occurs in the country with the world’s largest national park, though the vast majority of my kin are mined elsewhere. I'm doubly refractive was pleased to have tied as the hardest stone on the list.

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Stone 5: My unique color is my greatest asset and sets me apart from some of my relatives. We are actually used quite widely in jewelry. Perhaps I've said too much, so that’s my five cents for now.

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Stone 6: I’m the softest of all five stones and obscure as a faceted stone. Though my species could be from a number of localities, I personally prefer a Mediterranean climate. Mine is a home famous for the mineral based revenue it once provided to the state.

That's it for now! Anyone care to play?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:56 pm 
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All six are clearly examples of Miraculum. It is a close relative of Unobtanium. ;)


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Unobtanium, was my first thought also. :wink:
Brad P, you are kind of evil. I am going to have to give this some thought.

I'll be back :twisted:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:44 pm 
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Well, I'll admit it, just a touch evil. Really there are only a couple here that may make the "never heard of it" list.

I promised this one would be a little more involved! :twisted:

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:11 pm 
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If I take a stab at this will you give more clues :?:
I feel like I am being teleported back 30plus years ago :oops: when I took my GIA stone exam.

1. Scapolite

2. Labradorite Feldspar

3. Clinochlore

4. Sheridanite

5. Emerald

6. Bonamite (Smithsonite)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:21 pm 
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Hi Jett,

Sure, I will be glad to devulge more info - let's see if anyone else would like to try first though.

Just so you know, you were 0/6.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:28 pm 
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OUCH!!!

Still the reigning champ. Forum's :roll: Village Idiot.


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Whoa, this is really hard! I don't have the faintest idea but if I had to guess.

1. ?

2. Some type of feldspar

3. ?

4. Sapphire

5. Chrysoprase

6. ?


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Ben P.

Don't know about you but, I was having a heck of a time getting an RI on these stones. Rubbing my computer screen across my refractometer was tough. :wink:
It was brutal trying to get an SG also. I had to use my bath tub, bathroom scales, rope and duct tape. It was brutal. :smt105

Now everyone knows I am joking right?


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2.When I think of a low SG, I think of opal. This could be a faceted translucent blue Peruvian opal....or not.
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4. Largest national park is in Greenland: Kornerupine was first found in Fiskernaes, Greenland. It was named after the Danish geologist and explorer of Greenland, A. N. Kornerup. The hardness of kornerupine is 7. So we know that (if my guess is correct), everything on the list with one other exception is softer than 7.
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Thanks Barbra,

I got the clue of Greenland. I think I just over thought the other questions trying to tie a few of the gems into a Group.

Thanks again


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Opal, sure would fit into the weathered, clue.

wondering now about Quartz, it's also a 7. :?


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Yeah, EXCEPT the weathered gem has the highest SG...couldn't be opal.


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Somewhere in my brain, peridot is silicate. Have to look that up. Even though I don't like BP very much right now :wink: I do like getting my brain thinking in a new or should I say old way.


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I don't think any of the gems in the quiz are peridot because it is idiochromatic...and has a definite yellowish modifier.


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