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found stone upstate ny

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Hello. I was wondering if someone would be able to help me identify this stone I found. It is transparent pinkish purplish in colour and sphere in shape. There is a shiny metallic object that has no shape in the center of the rock too. There is also a flakey white mineral on the outside crust of it. I found it on top on the ground and it looked like it had been sitting for many years.I think I should mention that when I found it, the white mineral, which covers half of the stone, was facing up in the weather as opposed to the other half that was in the ground. Any help would be much appreciated.out

asked Dec 1, 2013 by brando (200 points)

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answered Dec 1, 2013 by brando (200 points)
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answered Dec 1, 2013 by brando (200 points)
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That is definitely an interesting stone! It doesn't have any crystalline form, lacks a matrix, and has a very definitive conchoidal fracture. It is most likely a piece of fused glass, perhaps antique. Do you have the ability to perform a hardness test on it? Also, can you describe the environment it was found in?

answered Dec 4, 2013 by hershel (46,460 points)

I appreciate you're input, thanks. I can not perform a hardiness test, although I did rub it against a window and it scratched the window, also a tile floor. I found it in the middle of the woods, on property where there was never any housing. However I did find it in Herkimer county, which is the only location in ny where Herkimer diamonds can be found.

I can also cut it with my pocket knife which is hardened steal.

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It has the wrong shape and color for being a Herkimer Diamond. Herkimer's are generally very well-crystallized, and even when fractured they are easy to discern. I have never seen a Herkimer in a round, ball-like shape like the one you have here.

answered Dec 6, 2013 by hershel (46,460 points)

If I brought it to a jewelry store do you think they can perform a hardness test or should I go to a gemologist? And I know its not a herkimer diamond I just said that because from what I have learned there are more crystals besides herkimer diamonds there, even though its probably not a chrystals

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If a jewelry store is selling such a stone they should know what they are selling. I wouldn't trust them. Try to bring it to a mineral show and see if any experts there can help you. There is a show in Albany in February by the New York State Museum. Take a look here for information: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/minerals/

answered Dec 8, 2013 by hershel (46,460 points)
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It looks like maybe a garnet of some type or a piece of topaz. Very interesting piece indeed, if i were you id take it to a mineral or gem expo and see what the experts say. Best of luck, if you do find out what it is please let us know. ;)

answered Mar 2, 2014 by Abbityabbi (1,700 points)
 


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