Would appreciate some help with identifying this stone found by a family member. Actually found all three in the one photo. I'm pretty positive the two are quartz, smoky and clear, its the other I'm not sure of. Thank you.
That looks like a large almandine garnet from the Barton Garet Mine in Gore Mountain, NY. Ask your family member where he found it. The large crystal to the left is Quartz. That's a big crystal - is that from NY as well? The one on the right is too small to see.
Actually he found it several years ago while out hiking in the foothills of North Carolina. (Area known for its Emeralds in Hiddenite.) Curious as to the quartz (lg) are pieces normally found in that shape? Also the small one is also naturally clear. Beautiful piece. :)
Yeah, that last one definitely looks like quartz. Quartz can be massive-shaped, which means no apparent crystal. It definitely looks like it lacks the cleavage and has a conchoidal fracture, which is indicative of quartz.