The Rockhound in Me

Updated: Feb 3, 2019


Growing up on the Jersey shore, I always collected rocks, shells, and sea glass from the beach. One great thing about the ocean is it throws new treasures at the shore every day. Especially after high tide, you never know what you might find.

I found this beautiful rock on the beach a week after Tropical Storm Sandy ravaged the Jersey shore. It's probably Quartz (Rock Crystal), but if anyone has any input, it would be appreciated.

Characteristics:

Weight: abt. 5 oz.

Measurements: abt. 3" x 2" x 2"

Colorless

Conchoidal Fractures

No Bubbles

Flat Surface cleavage visible on one side. Parralel crystal formations.

Translucent

Inclusions

Glass-like luster (vitreous)

A diamond tester does not register it as a diamond.


One edge (the right edge in the photo above) looks as if it were scraped by a glacier or tectonic plate. Whatever it is, it is evident that this gem has been through one heck of a journey.


Comment below if you can identify this beautiful rock for me!


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