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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hello!
I got a BEAUTIFUL necklace from my mom for christmas. It's a black stone, and the light reflects off of the crystaline shapes inside of it. The lady at the store which she bought it had a sticker on the back of it that said "Diaplese" which is nowhere to be found, and therefore doesn't exist. We found some very dark "Dravite" that looks sort of like it, but I don't know.
Does anyone know their stones? I'm curious to know what it is, but I don't want a jeweller doing scrapes and would like to identify it myself if possible. If you'd like to try and help I can get a pretty good picture of the stone with my new camera and help with any "experiements" that need to be done (I did do some geology in university, but I don't remember most of it).
Thanks a bunch!
Jess
post #2 of 25
Onyx??
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
naw, not onyx. Onyx is too straight black, this has more of a crystaline or maybe metallic (it reflects the light, don't know which one though) fleck through it. I'll post pictures ASAP...dad has my cords for the camera
post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 
Ok, so here we are! There are 4 pictures, yes, I know...but I think each shows a different quality.
Probably the most accurate photo of what it really looks like:

Showing some reflectiveness:

Show's how the flecks or crystals are formed in it:

And finally, shows how black it really is:

Hope that's not too many and that they're ok.
Jess
post #5 of 25
I know this isn't it, but it reminds me of snowflake obsidian??

Here is a site with some photos of the variety of looks you can get with this

[url="[URL="http://www.bestcrystals.com/obsidian.html"]"]

I have no clue why I can't get this insert to work properly...gnashing teeth, try just cutting and pasting the above into your browser. Sorry.
post #6 of 25
PM Gemlady w/a picture. If anyone on this site can identify it, she can.
post #7 of 25
The inside almost looks like brown topaz...
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by katl8e
PM Gemlady w/a picture. If anyone on this site can identify it, she can.
Thank you Cindy! You've put me on the spot!

Okay, having looked at the pics, it appears to be labradorite. The third pic (taken at an angle) shows some flashes of blue and yellow color which is typical of labradorite.

Or, it could be larvikite ( http://www.cst.cmich.edu/users/dietr1rv/larvikite.htm ) . They are similar materials.
post #9 of 25
Oh, the only stone I know with a name close to "diaplese" is "dioptase".
post #10 of 25
im far from being an expert but is there such a thing as black quartz?? thats what it looks like to me
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Mom2SalemIsis
im far from being an expert but is there such a thing as black quartz?? thats what it looks like to me
There is smoky quartz and some crystals can approach black in color.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by gemlady
There is smoky quartz and some crystals can approach black in color.
i did a search for black quartz i should have done this first before opening my mouth lol but thats usually what i do speak then think lol i found this picture of "black quartz"
post #13 of 25
When I frist saw it I was thinking black boulder opal.

Gemlady - can you recommend some good beginner books? I love gems and stones - most gals at work know I am a freak about jewelry and will bring their new pressies to me to look over and aprove. I really would love to learn more - besides cats and parrots - jewelry is a passion of mine.
post #14 of 25
That's very pretty!
post #15 of 25
I'll need to think on this a bit...

The first book that comes to mind is the Audubon Guide to minerals. They have a small section on gems with pics.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by gemlady
Thank you Cindy! You've put me on the spot!

Okay, having looked at the pics, it appears to be labradorite. The third pic (taken at an angle) shows some flashes of blue and yellow color which is typical of labradorite.

Or, it could be larvikite ( http://www.cst.cmich.edu/users/dietr1rv/larvikite.htm ) . They are similar materials.
I figured that you were the best one to ask. I can spot amethysts, alexandrite, tanzanite and diamonds but, the other stones mystify me. I LOVE shiny purple rocks
post #17 of 25
It almost looks like an unpolished hematite....but what do I know?
post #18 of 25
I don' know what the stone is called but it looks really classy in it's setting. Good job Mom.
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gemlady
Thank you Cindy! You've put me on the spot!

Okay, having looked at the pics, it appears to be labradorite. The third pic (taken at an angle) shows some flashes of blue and yellow color which is typical of labradorite.

Or, it could be larvikite ( http://www.cst.cmich.edu/users/dietr1rv/larvikite.htm ) . They are similar materials.
Well, the Larvikite looks similar. The Labradorite is too much like a pearl in it's reflections (not small enough flecks). Do you know if Larvikite can come with silver/brown refections? I know it looks like it's blue in that sideways picture, but it mostly picks up browns.
Interesting though! I think we're in the right area, for sure. Thanks for the ideas and thoughts
Also, through my looking around the net for my stone, I have discovered blue obsidian...and have decided that I want some! soooo pretty
post #20 of 25
Beautiful necklace!
post #21 of 25
The stone I only know are diamonds, emerald and garnet.
post #22 of 25
ok i forget where i saw it before oh it was in a ross simmons catalog im pretty sure its smoky quartz but in a darker form i looked at you post a few days ago and didnt have a clue then i got that catalog in the mail and i was like hey that looks like that stone the person on the cat site was trying to identfiy so i thougth id let you know
heres a link
http://www.jewelry.ross-simons.com/p..._FAMILY=151555
post #23 of 25
What a beautiful necklace! I have a friend that would go bonkers over it! The first pic reminded me of an amber piece she has, but the others don't. I love jewelry too, but I don't know my stones that well. Just the major types that are used for birthstones and more common and what not.
post #24 of 25
This is driving me nuts...it's been the latest at some of the jewelry shows for stones.
Try next time you're at a department store or happen by a jewelry store, stop by the jewelry counter. I've seen it stores lately as well. If its the same thing that I'm thinking that I see in the pictures, it's mostly black with gold and white flecks in it right?
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by hadley's mom
ok i forget where i saw it before oh it was in a ross simmons catalog im pretty sure its smoky quartz but in a darker form i looked at you post a few days ago and didnt have a clue then i got that catalog in the mail and i was like hey that looks like that stone the person on the cat site was trying to identfiy so i thougth id let you know
heres a link
http://www.jewelry.ross-simons.com/p..._FAMILY=151555
Yeah, the colour is right, but the crystal formation is wrong. quartz is formed in one big crystal, whereas this has many different edges to it internally (I can't remember if that's cleavage or fracture). Maybe I'll get my geology 100 book out today and give it a shot from that.
Thanks for thinking of me though!
Quote:
Originally Posted by lunasmom
This is driving me nuts...it's been the latest at some of the jewelry shows for stones.
Try next time you're at a department store or happen by a jewelry store, stop by the jewelry counter. I've seen it stores lately as well. If its the same thing that I'm thinking that I see in the pictures, it's mostly black with gold and white flecks in it right?
Well, I think so. I'm not sure if there's something in the stone or if the light is being reflected off of the internal pieces of stone (and sometimes through thin layers of the stone) *shrugs* The pictures are quite accurate, so if it looks like them, you're probably right. I'll keep my eyes open, for sure.
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