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    Posted 3 years ago

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    It sure has been a while since I've posted anything but I've been around keeping tabs on everyone and all the great things you've been finding. Just been kind of busy with the everyday ho-hum stuff plus my treasure hunting has been far less productive than it used to be. However, last week I was at the antique store where I have a booth and a young man came in wanting to sell some healing crystals. I know a bit about the theory behind them but really wasn't able to identify any of them. He wanted only five dollars each so I picked the two I thought were the most interesting. He had a piece of geode but it was rather small so I passed. I think they were Amethyst crystals on that piece. The largest piece I did buy was composed of large upright crystals. It kind of reminded me of cathedral spires. Nice green color with even a touch of clear and rose at the tip. It's 6" tall by 4 " across and weights a hefty 4 to 5 lbs. The smaller purple crystal which is 2.5" x 1.5" has been faceted and polished. Really interesting structure. Clear internal crystals with a dark purple netting winding through the whole piece. I have no clue what either of these are. Any rock-hounds out there have a better eye for these than I do ?? -Mike

    NOTE: So a bit of research turned up fairly positive ID's on these two specimens. The large green piece is Green Tri-color Apache Calcite. The Small purple point is as I suspected, Amethyst. The crystal clusters are taken from the inside of a geode and then cut and polished to a point. So you get all the sparkle from the little individual crystals through the interior. There can be other trace minerals in there as well such as agate and quartz. You also come across Amethyst spheres also taken from geodes which have the same "cracked ice" look to the interior. -Mike-

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    1. Gillian, 3 years ago
      My first thought for the green/pink was watermelon tourmaline. But I'm really not sure. The blue one, is a mystery which I'll try and look for.
    2. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 3 years ago
      They're both very beautiful and what a steal at only 5 bucks !!
      Good to see you posting again. You are missed here :) !
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks so much for the "loves" and comments Gillian and Ken. I'll try not to make myself so scarce Ken...just been busy with the store and all.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Good to see another post from you. I have a healing crystal but I can't recall which one it is. They look neat.
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thank you Fort for the "love" and comment...getting the store ready for the holidays as they quickly approach but I'll find time to post more goodies. :)
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the "loves" Aura, Roy, Newfld, The Gatherer, Kevin, Kyra, and Tassie. :)
    7. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 3 years ago
      The crystal cluster looks most like calcite to me, but my mineralogical knowledge is limited. The other stone is truly mysterious & unfortunately it's very difficult to make sense of it from photos alone. Titanium crystal my best shot here.
    8. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Nice find for the price!
      Thinking fluorite/calcite for the cathedral, the purple one... cut facets and polished with color concentrate in cracks... telling dyed quartz :-)
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks Cameosleuth and Kyra for the info and "loves". I had a hunch calcite for the big one as well. It seemed to match the online pics fairly well. I guess Mexican calcite is the best according to my research. Still nothing on the purple one. I took a better picture of it with the desk lamp shining through it. I think it shows off the structure more clearly. :)
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the "loves" Ivonne and SpiritBear. :)
    11. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 3 years ago
      Iolite cut to look like a crystal? Seems a bit too red in the new pic.
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks research finally turned up a polished point taken from the interior of an Amethyst geode. :)
    13. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 3 years ago
      That was my impression from the color, that it was amethyst. Just didn't know why amethyst would have to be cut to look like a crystal the way rose quartz does. Are there inclusions/internal fractures creating some of the effects?
    14. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Hi cameosleuth...yes they are and they do very quite a bit in color and intensity. They can also be polished into spheres. Just for aethstetics I guess. Here's a link to a few on Etsy. :)
    15. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Hum... Mike, the deep color IN crackles of your stone, indicate dying... see the Amethyst Citrine or Rose Quartz with SUPER-saturated color part in this link:
      A test to be sure would be an aceton impregnated swab applied and rub at the bottom :-)
    16. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 3 years ago
      KT, Your link goes to this page.

      Mike, if you're wondering where to get acetone, in the nail polish aisle; it's used as a remover.
    17. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Had some 100% acetone handy...the result is negative. The surface is smooth as glass and nothing came off on the Q-tip.
    18. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Good news :-))
    19. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Hey there Mike! Nice to hear from you, and yes, the crystals are great. Who could outdo nature?
      I've been pretty quiet myself lately on CW, busy with life and stuff!
    20. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Hi Karen so nice to hear from you...yes we've both been strangers on CW The holidays are coming and Sis and I have to get the booth decked out at the antique mall for some record sales... well hopefully. Our Christmas open house is the first weekend of December. She drives in from New Jersey which is about a 10 hour drive to Ohio to bring her auction treasures. It's always fun to see what she's picked up ! I'll try not to be so absent once thing are under control . :)
    21. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      The multi color, with all those beautiful crystals, is fantastic Mike! Great piece : )
    22. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks is quite a large piece too with wonderful colors. :)
    23. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
      Love these crystals Mike and you have been missed .
    24. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Aww...Thanks Mani...I've been lurking in the shadows . Just not posting much lately. Merry Christmas ! ;)

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