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I am not a knowledgeable rock hound. But I am thrilled to have a corundum site of my own and would like to know how best to proceed with exploring it. At the base of a very large steeply sloped hill, quartz with corundum impregnated into it can be found. It is in great quantity like this and when I say impregnated I mean literally splattered. However nothing of real size has been found yet. I was thinking that there must me an outcrop somewhere at a higher elevation and in that idea possible a chance to find a sample of larger size. I have individuals telling me that it can only be garnet because of the area in which it is located but I get tired on explaining that it isnt. I had it tested by a qualified geologist and all doubt has been removed. I don't want to waste time with the site as it isn't the easiest to access so information on how best to proceed would be very helpful.

asked Mar 3, 2014 by wamb2000 (160 points)

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It would be important to determine what the quality of the material is, and if there is the possibility of encountering more material by further exploration. Are you looking to mine it for gemstone production? Industrial use such as abrasives? If the corundum is gem quality then you've got some real potential. If you can provide some more information, such as details on the corundum (color, habits, transparency), as well as the environment (i.e. is it a marble outcrop? Any other minerals? What locality/geologicial formation is it in?) that would be helpful.

answered Mar 4, 2014 by hershel (46,460 points)
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In order to answer most of which you brought up, I need to do what you suggest and further explore the site. This where my head was at when I asked the question on how to proceed. So far the samples are of small size but numerous. The color is dark red with most of the stones being cubicle and barrel shaped and at this point I don't see marble as being a part of this but if this is a common occurence I'll keep an eye out when I get back in there. At this point my only strategy is to work my way up in increments to try and determine the source. If fortunate then I maybe can find a ruby of size for further analysis. As I mentioned before the site is not easy to access so there is alot of planning involved and time constraints when in there. I was hoping you might have advice in this regard. Iam confused as to how to answer directly to your comment. Some of the features on this site are not working for me. Hope you get this.

answered Mar 5, 2014 by wamb2000 (160 points)
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I got your message. I think its important to get the material you do have evaluated to see if it has any potential value. Even if its opaque red corundum, its possible that it can produce star rubies similar to those from Mysore, India, when polished. Feel free to post some pictures or send me some samples. You can email me by filling out this form.

answered Mar 6, 2014 by hershel (46,460 points)

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