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 Post subject: Please help me identify Pretty Blue gemstones
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:19 pm 
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Hello.

This is my first post on here and am always open to finding the neatest things and learning something new. I was on a hike in Palm Desert, CA (for several miles up and around). And on this hike covering lots of ground, there was was in one particular area ONLY (within 5 - 7 feet radius) I dug up a few of these (after seeing 3 just barely surfacing) - - which is what led me to keep looking for more. Such amazing pretty blue colors they give off!!

Please help me identify what these are. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me identify Pretty Blue gemstones
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:34 pm 
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Very odd. The highly rounded, polished surface combined with the deep and uniform color suggests that they are not natural. I would guess glass, and there are a few quick tests to tell. One is to hold one in front of a laptop monitor and rotate it. If it changes colors it can't be glass, if it stays the same color glass gets a lot more likely. Another is to touch one to your lip, and compare how cool it feels to a known crystal (eg a quartz crystal). Crystals conduct heat better than glass so they feel much cooler. The last thing is to look at then closely for spherical bubbles. A magnifying glass and sightlighting them with a strong flashlight will help with that. Natural gems don't have big spherical bubbles.

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Thanks for your reply Stephen.

*All the stones are cold via the "lip touch test".
*Not all, but some do have spherical bubbles. And just a side Q please:
does the same go with jade then (with these spherical bubbles)? I have a jade bangle (it is cold to touch, it is heavy, IT DOES have bubbles within).

*And (back to these blue stones) when I hold and roll it around and around (in front of a laptop monitor on) the blue-ish color generally stays the same in the center core (however the outer core has teal colors that come out).

Thanks for your help with these :shock: Neat to learn this stuff!


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Here is a pic of 1/4" fire glass. The tones of blue can vary.
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This was helpful. Thank you Barbra. :smt006


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