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enigma
Posted: 22/10/2007 11:33
I have this information in our ebook on How to Identify Raw Gems, thought it could be helpful:)

Some gems in their raw state, such as diamonds and pearls, are just as attractive as a finely cut and polished stone. For other gems, it takes a keen eye to spot and identify them as a gem at all. Often times you will walk right past a raw gem, unless you know how to identify it.

First you need to learn how to Identify Raw Gems

Step One
Visit a local science museum. Many science museums have hands-on displays or short lectures on rocks, minerals and gemstones. While basic in nature, the specimens provided as examples will help you better identify raw gems when you are in the field.

Step Two
Pick up a copy of "Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbook)," by Cally Hall, for pictures of gems in their raw and cut state. You can find the book at Amazon.com (see Resources below).

Step Three
Study rocks, looking at as many images of them in their natural habitat as possible. Many beautiful gems are hidden inside perfectly ordinary looking rocks.

Step Four
Consider taking a tour or group hunt through a nearby mine. You will earn a bit of experience finding raw gems in a natural setting. After the "hunt," your guide will help you sort through your finds, giving you information on possible gems.

Once you have completed that you then need to learn identify Raw Gems in the Field

Step One
Look for stones with color. While these stones may turn out to be nothing, finding colored rocks is a good place to start when gem hunting.

Step Two
Keep your eye out for glass. Raw diamonds, among other gems, often look like nothing more than a hunk of glass.

Step Three
Pick up anything unusual. If something strikes you as being unique or especially attractive, it very well maybe something worth investigating further.

Step Four
Make the gift store or exhibit room (sometimes one and the same) of a state park your first stop. There will be a collection of raw gemstones on display to help you get a better idea of what might be found in the area.

Step Five
Crack the rock carefully to see if it hides a gem beneath its surface. Usually a mining pick can be used to crack open or chip a rock to see if it is actually a raw gemstone.


Overall Tips & Warnings
Very rarely do raw gems look anything like the final product. Do not expect to have an easy time trying finding valuable gems.

Raw gems tend to be significantly less valuable than a finished stone.

victor
Posted: 31/10/2007 06:53
Hey Tom, welcome to the site, I just discovered it about a week ago. I like the layout here and hope it takes off.

Stay safe,

Vic
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