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Whoa! That's a big ol fella!! Nice!


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post Oct 25 2017, 09:39 AM
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Very cool large piece of Microcline Woody! Would make a great display specimen for showing handcrafted jewelry and such.

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post Oct 25 2017, 05:45 PM
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Hi Denise,

So that big stone in the last pic is actually a single piece of Quartz. It has a heavy red stain and was very dirty, I guess I threw an unintentional curve ball at you. Here it is at the house all cleaned up. It has unusual, deep pitting on all the facets. I bet it
would react well to SOI. Might have to try it. If you think you could get some use from it let me know. I'll get it to you one way or another or I'll drop it off the next time I'm down that way.

have a good one, Woody.

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post Oct 26 2017, 06:14 AM
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Wow, that's a great Quartz specimen! Always hard to see what one has till it's cleaned up. biggrin.gif
Thank you, that's very generous of you Woody but I was thinking for you and the jewelry you're making now.
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post Oct 26 2017, 05:58 PM
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Cool quartz cluster! Beautiful cabochons as well! Good work Woody. thumbsupsmileyanim.gif


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post Oct 27 2017, 01:44 PM
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Hey Mike,

Thanks! You and your brother ought to come down and visit me sometime when your in the Springs. I've got some "interesting" items setting aside that might challenge you guys. Every once in a blue-moon, I'll come a cross a specimen that just doesn't
fit in with the rest. Most I figure out in time, but over the years I've managed to accumulate some that's still eluded identification.

If you ever get down t his way, feel free to stop in. Woody.


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Hi All,

Over the years I’ve had the pleasures of meeting many people who were interested in Crystal Gems and Rockhounding in general. Probably the most frequent question I have been asked is, “How did these items form?” recently I made a promise to
dig-up some literature which explained the process and made the development easy to follow. Here is a video documentary made by Novia that makes the entire process seem simple. It focuses a lot on the formation of Diamonds, but if you change
the ingredients of the molecule, then all the other gems form in a relatively similar way. I will warn you, the Video is 50 minutes long but I think it is very interesting and informative. It also introduces a new theory about the development of Plate Tectonics.

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Thanks for adding that up in the forum Woody, that does sound extremely interesting! I'll look forward to watching that soon when I can sit down for the whole length and enjoy. thumbsupsmileyanim.gif cheers.gif


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That was a good NOVA program. I will surely try to stop by next time I am down that way Woody. thumbsupsmileyanim.gif


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Hi All,

I hope everyone took advantage of this great weather we had during the extended weekend. Myself I headed over to the Western Slope and spent Thanksgiving with family over there. Had a great time! Also on the way over
I stopped at the claim and dug 6 buckets of dirt. This was a planned event because I needed to bring in some Winter Supplies, “so to speak”. Cabin Fever can be lethal if caught wedged between 4 walls for an extended period
of time and I pity the fool who is unprepared.

The water level was the lowest I’ve seen it which made for great access to parts of the river not reachable during the higher volume of summer. I never even bothered to bring my gold pan to the river, I just screened the
material down to ½ inch, loaded the buckets into the truck and got back on the road again. The next day, after we had all eaten our fill, I put some dirt in my pan and handed it to one of the kids. Within 10 minutes I had three
generations of “Kids” with their noses stuck in a pan. I only had the one gold pan so we had to use anything we could find. Plastic bowls, old Tupperware, dish pans, plates whatever was available. The gold was nothing to
speak of, but the garnets were the focus of our attention. The biggest ones were about a half-inch and some garnets had multi-faceted faces. The best ones had facets visible on all sides. The smaller ones seem to have better
clarity than the bigger ones. That was last weekend…… I’m already down to 4 buckets left. Good thing I have a bunch of Zircon dirt stashed away.

“just a little heads-up for my fellow river associates” While I was digging the material, I found a rock that still had garnets in the matrix. This makes the 3rd such rock I have found so far. The biggest of the 3 rocks is about
the size of a plate. So keep your eyes open for schist, if you find some look it over for garnets before you chuck it.

Have a good one, Woody.
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Awesome family experience woody! So cool!

We're not seeing much at all for garnets down our way. Odd you are finding so many above us.

Jason and I are planning to spend a weekend down there sometime in Dec. Wanna get my 4" in the water!


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Nice work Woody, what a fun day you all must have had! thumbsupsmileyanim.gif greensmilies-012.gif
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Zircons, Goethite, and Microcline… Oh My!

Yesterday I took Nate out on a dig, he brought along a friend…. “Zack, I believe”. I took them to a spot I’ve been to many times before and was anticipating to find some Zircons and maybe a few Crystals. It was a bit
of a hike and along the way we found a couple of places that looked like they might start producing some good crystals. I think we found three places along the way but ultimately each spot only produced a few crystals
and none were completely formed. So, we trudged on to the spot I had in mind. By the time we got there, the day was already late. Nate and Zack had commitments back in town later that evening so they bid me farewell
and set out towards home. The day had been on the boarder of warm/cold depending on if you were in the sun or not. The spot I was working was in the shade so I was getting kind of cold and ready to pack it in, also the
hole was not producing much. I got my things together and started heading out a cross the hill.

I didn’t get very far when I noticed a few small chips of crystals. Poking around a bit, I found where they were coming from and dug in. Everything seemed fairly similar to the other pockets we found that day. Some
formation, a few nice facets, but nothing completely formed. I started pulling out a few pieces that I knew had Goethite, even though they were completely covered in red clay/mud. The give-away was in the heft. I also
found some interesting Microcline that was covered in the red dirt but they kind of looked like little slices of French Toast sticking out. So of course I has to bring those back home to clean up. Imagine my surprise when
I cleaned some of them up and found large Zircons, "The largest I've ever found". The Goethite cleaned up nicely as well. Some of it looks Cobalt Blue.

Some of the best Goethite in the world comes from Colorado up in Park and Lake Counties, but I have never seen any Microcline, Zircon, and Goethite Combos coming from that area that.

Nate and Zack, I hope you guys had fun and found at least something to stick in your pockets. We'll do it again sometime.

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It was a terrific day out! Its always good hiking the hills with you woody, especially when there are a few treasures to take home. Those are some great specimens. Im looking forward to getting out some more through the winter. I've gotta show you my zircon spot. thumbsupsmileyanim.gif


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Cool finds! Awesome y'all got to hook up!


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