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Please help identify this 6 faceted gem I found in an "emerald mine" in NC.

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asked Oct 4, 2015 by rworkie (160 points)

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It looks like garnet.
answered Oct 5, 2015 by Weasel (58,810 points)
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It has a greenish hue to it. Is that garnet? I thought garnet was maroon.
answered Oct 5, 2015 by rworkie (160 points)
Garnet comes in more colors than red.
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I'm no expert, but I don't think garnets come in that shape. Could it be a really low quality emerald?
answered Oct 9, 2015 by Domainace
That's what I think. Some of it is translucent green around the edge when I shine a bright light on it. How can I prove it is an emerald or not?
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Certainly looks like it has a hexagonal shape. With a prismatic habit in a hexagonal shape - from North Carolina, both Corundum and Emerald come to mind. Looks most like a crude emerald. Another possibility is apatite. Where in North Carolina did this come from?
answered Nov 11, 2015 by hershel (52,700 points)