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Not too much luck with finding gold on my last trip, but I did find some nice garnets in my pan and a very odd green colored gem. Any idea what it might be? Sorry about the clearness of the pics, and I am still trying to figure out the macro settings on the camera.

The green gem was found amongst the heaviest black sand, garnets, and what little bit of gold I found that day.

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Salt

I'm also a Graduate Gemologist. Looks like a green garnet but unless tested you never know. I would lean toward a garnet. You did find it with the red garnets.

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It looks pretty small. Does it have a cube shape? You need a Graduate Gemologist. Most jewelers are not. Garnets of that type are used for industrial abrasives such as sandpaper. I would be happy to look at it. All my equipment is just gathering dust. Any of you guys find a rough gemstone and want it checked out I'm happy to do it. Back in Pennsylvania we would find rocks with tons of garnet cubes in them. I also have a GIA gemscope microscope. Comes in handy for looking over stuff found when prospecting. Most gemstones have inclusions and I like looking them over. A example is peridot. You will find microscopic lily-pad inclusions. If the stone has a smooth surface you can get a refractive index of the stone and in most cases that is 80% of the ID

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It looks pretty small. Does it have a cube shape? You need a Graduate Gemologist. Most jewelers are not. Garnets of that type are used for industrial abrasives such as sandpaper. I would be happy to look at it. All my equipment is just gathering dust. Any of you guys find a rough gemstone and want it checked out I'm happy to do it. Back in Pennsylvania we would find rocks with tons of garnet cubes in them. I also have a GIA gemscope microscope. Comes in handy for looking over stuff found when prospecting. Most gemstones have inclusions and I like looking them over. A example is peridot. You will find microscopic lily-pad inclusions. If the stone has a smooth surface you can get a refractive index of the stone and in most cases that is 80% of the ID

What part of PA are you from? I was born in Pottstown.

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Salt I'm from the South Hills of Pittsburgh right next to I-79. Back in the 70's I was a fashion photographer out of Phily and lived in Ephrata for a few years. I think that's not far from Pottstown. After I started working for the Police dept. they found out about my stint as a photographer and had me taking pictures of dead people. No more pointy boobs from that point on.

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