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  1. Spoke to the dear widow this AM

    Said she has a friend in another state that really knows rocks and she told her the rock is a Emerald. Her "rock expert" friend didn't see a pic of the rock or the rock itself.

    Wow I wish I was so good that I could identify a rock without seeing it! See if you can scratch it with a knife. I still think it is a silica. If it is soft it could be Fluorite but it does not look right to me. I also have some Apatite from Brazil of similar color.

  2. Actually those pictures look more promising. I would not wager on it without it being in hand. Have someone that has experience with opal take a look at it. If you cannot find someone local then send it to Steve or myself. I have plenty of low grade opal I can send to you so you have something to compare it to. I am busy with all the rock and gem shows so it would be awhile until I have time to dig them out.

  3. Price is a big factor as to whether it is worth buying. It looks like it has silicon carbide wheels which are pretty in inexpensive. I personally would look for something else unless this machine was cheap. Check the condition of the bearings, blade, motor and wheels to help determine the final cost to get yourself cutting.

  4. Thanks for the reply Haderly, I hope to make a trip this fall/spring and try to find some fire agate.


    Greg - PM me when you plan to make your trip. A lot of the best places are claimed but there are still some open areas that just take a little more effort. If timing works out I can get you into a good spot.

  5. Nice find, Haderly, it looks like fire agate. If it is...

    is most fire agate enclosed when found, meaning do you(a person) usually have to break stuff open to find it?


    Hey Greg - This fire agate came straight out of bedrock and was fully enclosed in vugs. You have to break up all the rocks because some of the brightest pieces are hiding inside. Near the surface you can find pieces that are completely weathered out of the host rock. Luckily the bedrock is weather so the top few feet can be extracted with hammer and chisels. Once you get below the weathered surface more aggressive tactics are required.

  6. I have seen one wolf or wolf hybrid in Arizona. It was north of Payson and undoubtedly a wolf. It was only 100 yards away and in the scope of my rifle so I got a very good look at it. My hunting buddy also watched it through his scope and came to the same conclusion. I have seen hundreds of coyotes and they cannot be mistook for a wolf at close range.

  7. bottom line is Crystal Habit...just different usage depending on whether you believe them to be natural or man made.

    These are natural as Adam stated. I bet you cannot find one person that has a degree in geology that will provide a written statement that they are man made.

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