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Identity HelpSparkles in Jasper?

12th Nov 2019 04:57 UTCSophiaJoy MB

What are these colorful sparkles? I don't even know what the main stone is called. Is it Jasper?
Thanks a lot!

12th Nov 2019 04:58 UTCSophiaJoy MB

From another angle

12th Nov 2019 05:00 UTCSophiaJoy MB

Sorry, these photos might not be clear enough...

12th Nov 2019 16:56 UTCDonald B Peck Expert

Hi Sophia,

At first I was going to say that you have an agate, but I don't think it is.  I think it is a silicified sandstone.  The sparkles might be grains of clear quartz . . . they are too small to tell from the photo (even when it is enlarged).  Interesting piece. 


13th Nov 2019 17:41 UTCSophiaJoy MB

Thank you so much, Don! Wow, sandstone?! That's cool! Thanks! 

12th Nov 2019 19:23 UTCPaul Brandes Manager

The sparkles "could" also be fine mica bits, especially if we're dealing with a clastic sandstone.

13th Nov 2019 17:49 UTCSophiaJoy MB

Thank you so much, Paul! I'm going to try and see if I can take better photos of the sparkles. :D 

14th Nov 2019 14:51 UTCSophiaJoy MB

A little better? I hope so! 

14th Nov 2019 14:51 UTCSophiaJoy MB

One more... 

14th Nov 2019 14:58 UTCBret Howard

Looks like a layer of small, intergrown quartz crystals in the rock.  The sparkles could be light reflecting off of the interfaces between the crystals. 

19th Nov 2019 03:51 UTCSophiaJoy MB

Thanks a lot, Bret! 

14th Nov 2019 17:08 UTCDonald B Peck Expert

Great photos, Sophia.  I an more convinced that the sparkles are from tiny quartz crystals . . . probably intergrown, as suggested by Bret.


14th Nov 2019 17:50 UTCThomas Lühr Expert

Don, I'm not right convinced of your quartz theory. The surface is cut and polished, so the source of the sparcling effect must be located below the surface. We also concur that the main mass is quartz. However, for a sparkling effect is needed a transition between different RI's. I don't also think that it is caused by 'cracks' - one should see interference effects.
I see a spongelike web of inclusions in the quartz mass. No clue what it could be, but *maybe* mica. 


14th Nov 2019 21:12 UTCIan Nicastro

Looks like negative inclusions, i.e. air cavities 

19th Nov 2019 03:53 UTCSophiaJoy MB

Cool! Thanks a lot, Ian! 

19th Nov 2019 03:57 UTCSophiaJoy MB

Very interesting, thank you so much, Thomas! 

15th Nov 2019 17:02 UTCDonald B Peck Expert

Thomas you may be right.  I don't have a strong feeling for the "tiny quartz crystals."


20th Nov 2019 14:07 UTCSophiaJoy MB

Thank you so much, Don!! 
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