Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Treasures in the Rough

When I was down in Georgia for my workshop this last October, one of the things my family decided to do was to try out some of the gem mines in Franklin, North Carolina.  The first one we tried was the Rose Creek mine.  It was a lot of fun, but the stones you get there are much smaller and there are fewer varieties that they get.  The next mine my family tried was the Mason Mountain Mine.  I was in class, so I didn't get to go to that one, but my sister and I split the cost of a bucket and went though it later when we got home.  The Mason mine was definitely a lot better than Rose Creek.   You got bigger stones, more of them, and while the dirt was native dirt (dirt right out of the mine) they had also added a few stones that were interesting yet not native to that area so you'd get both the native rocks and some interesting extras.

So here's what I ended up getting. :)

Agate & Jasper:  437.5 carats of Agate; 13.5 carats of Jasper.

Aquamarine: 12.5 carats

Flourite: 367 carats

Obsidian:  181.5 carats

Pyrite: 519.5 carats

Coloured Quartz (Amethyst, Rose.....etc).: 739.5 carats

Regular Quartz: 519 carats.

Kyanite: 783.5 carats.

Corundum (Ruby, Sapphire, and star-ed corundum): 568.5 carats.

Garnet: 771.5 carats.

Emerald: 450 carats

Topaz Points (a.k.a. Poor Man's diamond): 86 carats.

Topaz (clear, golden, and some blue): 391 carats.

Calcite:  204 carats.

Black Tourmaline (a.k.a. Schorl): 7 carats.

Moonstone:  166.5 carats.

Labradorite: 58 carats.

Amazonite: 74 carats.

It was loads of fun getting extremely muddy while sluicing for these!  Now I just need to learn how to cut them and turn them into cabochons and faceted stones!

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