Small emerald in biotite
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Author:  Cheryl [ Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:21 am ]
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I am new here and have been collecting semi precious gem stones from local area as a hobby. I am no expert.
I live in N.C. I have found in my garden a small maybe 3/4 by 1/2 inch emerald in biotite.
What I am wondering is there a possiblility of be bigger ones and how to search for them. What to look for and what other minerals and semi-precious stones I should be looking for that I might find along with emerald in biotite in area. Which according to local gemologist and others haven't been found in this part of state before. I also found 2 maybe 1 x 1 inch green-blue quartz and what looks like a broken geo with clear crystals. All these tested as quartz on gem tester. They mentioned that maybe someone just dropped them here. Which maybe but they were underground in the dirt. This is so much fun!

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:02 am ]
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If these minerals are not normally found locally, perhaps they were put there by whomever lived on the property before you.
My garden is filled with specimens I collected all over the world...someday someone will move aside some dirt and really be befuddled. :smt053

I'd join a local Gem & Mineral Club and I'm sure there members would give you the help and direction you need to pursue your interest. ... lina.shtml

Author:  Nikolaus Lackner [ Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:56 pm ]
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Hi and welcome on the forum! I want to add a little story to your experience and Mrs. B´s comment.

A fellow miner (over 45 years of rockhounding, together with his wole family) asked me if I could help him dig out a hole in his garden. He wanted to put in a concrete foundation for a terrace there. On the phone he said, "I can´t pay you anything, but you can keep the rocks you find."

And then he tried to recall what his father said he dumped there: blue quartz, all colors of flourites, beryls, pyrites, malachites and other metallic minerals, simply said, they used to keep the good specimens and dumped the bad ones there.

I had a wonderful experience when I worked with him on that hole!

So, in your case, if you are slightly interested in gems and minerals, consider yourself lucky! Happy digging!

:smt053 :smt053 :smt053 :smt053 :smt053 :smt053 :smt053

Author:  Cheryl [ Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:24 pm ]
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Now that I know they are there I picked up another emerald in biotite laying on the ground in another spot in the lawn this week. Kind of like finding easter eggs kind of fun. I really have some strange looking rocks in my yard. I have been trying to post photos here just can't figure out yet how to do that.
Thank you for the information[img]C:\Users\karlik\Pictures\2012-02-27 rocks\rocks 001.JPG

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:06 pm ]
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Thread on Posting Pictures:

Author:  Jason Barrett [ Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:34 pm ]
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I PM'd you Cheryl as I will be up in NC this Friday and Saturday before we head out west to dig a new barite mine and then Arkansas for quartz. If you hit me back I can come out and check the strata and rock type in the area and determine if it's condusive to emerald formation as well as check your specimens to confirm their validity. It would be great if they were not someones old rock pile!

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:49 pm ]
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Cheryl needs 10 posts to PM, Jason.

Author:  Jason Barrett [ Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:53 pm ]
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Ya know...I thought that was the case. Couldn't remember for sure.......

Author:  Glitter-Girl [ Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:43 am ]
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Me too. I am new also.

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