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I agree with you. You are right. I am just typing out loud. I guess I am trying to kick start my brain. You know connect the dots. :lol:


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Just going visually (which is stupid, I know), I'm thinking that chrysoprase, chalcedony, pyromorphite, and prehnite might show up somehow.


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Right!
Jett, Gem-noob and I are swimming up a merky stream without having any proper clues...

hint hint, nudge nudge


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Yes,

It is a tough one. I thought while cooking dinner. BP is into the unusual Maybe Kyanite for #3 I remember a blue Green kyanite rolling into my lab. What about flourite for one of them?

I can drag my computer screen across my tile hallway and check for scratch test. Some how, I think my husband may not be pleased.

I am praying BP will give a few more clues. :lol:


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Wow, this is the mother of all quizzes!

My Tip for No 6: Flourite from Laurion / Greece.

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This quiz is a bit like Bilbo's "riddle" for Gollem: What have I got in my pocket? LOL

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Well, it looks like a few more clues are in order. I'm definitely not giving any RI's though - that's simply giving it away! I'm post more later today.

There are some subtle hints in each of the existing clues, so look for those. You are certainly flirting with a few of answers here, so give me an answer list and I will "grade" it. I will tell you that kornerupine is correct, see that one was too easy!

Also, there is no peridot on the list.

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Last dance:

1. Kyanite
2. Zoisite
3. Green Sapphire
4. Kornerupine
5. Aquamarine
6. Calcite

I am not sure if I twisted these around or not. I feel like I am trying to identify a gemstone over the phone. Silly


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Alright, here is some additional info:

Stone 1: I am not a conformist – in school I stood from the rest of my class for my unusual symmetry.

Stone 6: I am proud to say that no. 4 and I are the only biaxial gems on the list.

Stone 4: You have my identity, so you know there must be another of equal hardness, look for an odd numbered stone this time.

I gave in that Barbra was correct with Kornerupine, that doesn't mean that she was incorrect elsewhere. Or that some other good ideas haven't been tossed around. Nikolaus had done some very nice reasoning.

1/6 on your recent try Jett.

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Stone 1: I am not a conformist – in school I stood from the rest of my class for my unusual symmetry.

Doosite.
No doubt about that one.


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:smt002

Thanks Mr. Doos I needed that


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Well since "my reasoning" was mentioned, I assume hat at least my tip for the locaality , The famous Laurion mines of Greece, was right.

This still doesn´t help a lot, as long as we don´t know if Flourite was the right mineral . A little check on the mineral list of Laurion yields many more possibilities for "Obscure faceted stones" in the blue to bluegreen range - but I think many of them are just collected as micromounts and wouldn´t be big enough for a faceted stone.


So just for to check if I was right with my tip: I added a few others that I assume could fit into the list:


1. Euclase
2. Prehnite
3. Zircon
4. Kornerupine
5. Chrysokolla
6. Flourite

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Well, I've just got to try once at least:

1. Tourmaline
2. Opal
3. Apatite
4. Kornerupine
5. Chrysophrase
6. Aragonite

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Ah, Brad....

hello?

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Jung Kee, you have three of the stones correct. Stone 2 is faceted Peruvian opal as Barbra guessed, we know that 4 is Kornerupine and you also have stone 5 which is Chrysoprase.

The "five cents worth" was a reference to Nickel as the coloring agent for Chrysoprase. Stone 2 also was refering to this one with the similar chemical makeup comment.

Nikolaus has the locality, but not the stone, correct for no. 6. The silver mines at Laurion financed many an Athenian warship in antiquity.

That leaves us with nos. 1, 3 and 6 to be identified. The clue for number 1 can be expanded that the "American cousins" are from a deposit in the Eastern US. The shared chemical building block comment actually refers to 1, 3 and 6. Think of it as the pentultimate one, in a way.

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