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I have collected specimen from the Havey Quarry, near Poland, NH. How can I differentiate between Tourmaline and Beryl

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asked Dec 26, 2017 by Sperling (260 points)

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I think you mean Poland, Maine, not New Hampshire. Anyways, the way to distinguish tourmaline and beryl is by the crystal shape and striations. Beryl's have very distinct hexagonal sharpes generally, whereas tourmalines are more triangular in their cross-section. Tourmaline crystals also have vertical crystal striations going lengthwise along the crystal's plan, whereas beryl does not.
answered Apr 30, 2018 by hershel (52,820 points)
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Just scratch them by each other , the one which got scratch on it , it will be tourmaline , coz beryl is harder than tourmaline, despite sometimes mixed colors in both stones are resemble , but the only apparently fact , scratch them .
answered Oct 23 by ahmadrajjouh (880 points)