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Subject Posts Last Post

Cinnabar Attachments

by Linda A Ignaczak
9 04/09/2019 10:07PM
Last Post by Łukasz Kruszewski

Moldavite real or fake? Attachments   (Pages: 1 2)

by Cheng Tan
93 04/05/2019 08:18AM
Last Post by Uwe Kolitsch

Fakes from China

by Steve Eshbaugh
22 04/03/2019 03:16AM
Last Post by A. Mathauser

Poison Green Moldavite Attachments   (Pages: 1 2)

by Kristi Hugs
90 04/02/2019 06:42PM
Last Post by Gregg Little

Huge Washington Nugget

by Lyla J. Tracy
38 04/02/2019 01:03AM
Last Post by Joeseph Albert Black

"Green Surface" Agate

by Liz Galley
17 03/26/2019 02:53AM
Last Post by A. Mathauser

I am confused about this green phantom cluster, e.g. fake, add color, lab-grown or natural? Attachments

by Waiken
43 03/25/2019 03:31AM
Last Post by Douglas Schonewald

"Bolivianite" aka Serpentine with Fluorite Attachments

by Kristi Hugs
15 03/21/2019 07:51PM
Last Post by Gregg Little

New "Mineral" Auralite

by Robert Simonoff
43 03/21/2019 02:52AM
Last Post by Jeff Wonders

Fake Garnets Attachments

by Oya Paugh
5 03/15/2019 05:03AM
Last Post by Douglas Schonewald

Fluorite worms Attachments

by Peter Slootweg
3 03/11/2019 08:37PM
Last Post by Michael Sommers

Nuummite fakes Attachments

by Robert Isaac
48 03/07/2019 04:56PM
Last Post by Gregg Little

Irradiated Smoky Quartz/ Fluorite? Attachments

by Sh77 MN
6 03/01/2019 12:24AM
Last Post by Ian Nicastro

Paypal: Your payment to ... is pending

by Nick Gilly
20 02/17/2019 10:57AM
Last Post by Nick Gilly

Is this really alexandrite?

by Nick Gilly
14 02/10/2019 11:22AM
Last Post by Nick Gilly

Faked boleite on paratacamite?

by Hiro Inukai
6 02/09/2019 04:03PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Lab Grown Quartz - blue tip edition Attachments

by Al User
7 01/30/2019 11:42PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

Oh dear. Another dodgy 'diamond' dealer, this time on eBay

by Nick Gilly
4 01/14/2019 07:46PM
Last Post by Ian Nicastro

Is the green phantom quartz real? Attachments

by Aundrea Calkins
5 01/13/2019 02:01AM
Last Post by Paul Brandes

Possible Man Made Geodes (listed as HEULANDITE GEODE) Attachments

by Al User
11 01/07/2019 11:35PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

"Black Amethyst"   (Pages: 1 2)

by Kristi Huggins
86 12/30/2018 05:12AM
Last Post by Keith Compton

Doctored cuprite

by Reiner Mielke
15 12/28/2018 06:49PM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

My experience buying on catawiki

by Hiro Inukai
10 12/23/2018 06:59PM
Last Post by Trevor Boyd

Fake Tourmaline? Attachments

by Scott Thomas
6 12/17/2018 04:29PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

List of synthetic and artificial compounds

by cascaillou
43 12/03/2018 10:57PM
Last Post by cascaillou

Moss Agate & K2 Jasper...Natural or Synthetic? Attachments

by Edward Lindy
8 11/30/2018 01:45AM
Last Post by Edward Lindy

Mineral One - Mattia

by Ken Doxsee
17 11/27/2018 08:08AM
Last Post by Harald Schillhammer

Veracruz Amethyst Verification? Pinterest specimens fake?

by Chris Schlosser
6 11/07/2018 09:44AM
Last Post by Keith Compton

Fake Amethyst on green matrix?

by Chris Schlosser
23 11/06/2018 02:53AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Fluorite on brown matrix - fake? Attachments

by Scott Thomas
4 11/03/2018 08:27PM
Last Post by Scott Thomas

Fake citrine Attachments   (Pages: 1 2)

by Mario Hendriks (2)
113 10/26/2018 06:25AM
Last Post by Kevin Hean

Zincite...That must have been one HUGE Smokestack in Poland!

by Justin Zzyzx
63 10/09/2018 01:08AM
Last Post by A. Mathauser

Should I be worried?

by Nick Gilly
18 10/05/2018 09:53PM
Last Post by Greg Simmons

Fake fluorites - how abundant are they?

by Niels Brouwer
8 10/05/2018 10:49AM
Last Post by Luca Baralis

Strange P.M. Received

by Rudy Bolona
5 08/17/2018 12:24PM
Last Post by Alysson Rowan

Fake azurite? Attachments

by Ashley Wolf
27 08/07/2018 12:39AM
Last Post by Wayne Corwin

Naturally occurring flower on an amethyst crystal cluster Attachments

by Brian L. Sullivan
9 08/03/2018 05:01PM
Last Post by Wayne Corwin

aquamarine, schorl, and garnet?

by Greg Simmons
18 07/13/2018 05:44PM
Last Post by Greg Simmons

Shiny objects. Attachments

by victor rzonca
11 07/04/2018 12:14AM
Last Post by John Oostenryk

Tiffany stone

by Yoshi Kobayashi
51 06/18/2018 10:51AM
Last Post by Melissa Meaux

Tundra/Tunduru/Tundura Sapphire?

by Anonymous User
29 06/07/2018 11:29PM
Last Post by A. Mathauser

Hamine Jasper? Attachments

by Janine Monica
12 06/07/2018 09:47AM
Last Post by Alysson Rowan

Smelt Quartz?

by Kristi Hugs
75 05/19/2018 04:07PM
Last Post by Jane Loflin

Dyed selenite? Attachments

by Hiro Inukai
15 05/07/2018 06:12AM
Last Post by Hiro Inukai

Fake Silver?

by Louis Verschuren
3 05/01/2018 04:59PM
Last Post by Alan Pribula

Real or fake? Attachments

by Laura Bate
39 04/19/2018 05:00AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Fish-egg / Frogspawn "Agate" from China

by Jolyon & Katya Ralph
30 04/17/2018 01:37PM
Last Post by Yvonne Shi

Robertson Gold Mining - 'red diamond' crystals for sale

by Nick Gilly
2 04/15/2018 11:48PM
Last Post by Jessica Guichard (2)

Is this real Agate or fake? need opinions please!

by Victoria B
15 04/13/2018 05:34PM
Last Post by Gregg Little

Red Malachite

by Gabriella Paparella
11 04/11/2018 01:40AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

I can't WAIT to get my degaussing stones! Attachments

by John M Stolz
7 04/09/2018 11:14PM
Last Post by Dana Morong

Marketing Ploy - Azurite from Laos

by Michael J Stott
5 04/09/2018 09:20AM
Last Post by Michael J Stott

uh-oh--have I gotten had? Attachments

by John M Stolz
12 04/08/2018 05:17AM
Last Post by John M Stolz

Fake platinum nuggets Attachments

18 03/16/2018 04:41AM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Pink Amethyst

by Gabriella Paparella
9 03/13/2018 01:03AM
Last Post by Gabriella Paparella


by David Dugan
3 02/27/2018 09:10PM
Last Post by Ian Nicastro

Here's another one - danburite?

by Nick Gilly
7 01/02/2018 08:26PM
Last Post by Dana Slaughter

Fluorite or beryl?

by Nick Gilly
8 12/31/2017 03:16PM
Last Post by Erik Vercammen

Amethyst cluster question Attachments

by Puckmaren
7 12/20/2017 09:16PM
Last Post by Ed Clopton

Newbie needs help, is this Afghanite? Attachments

by Chris DiPetta
4 12/01/2017 02:27PM
Last Post by Chris DiPetta

Apophyllite Cluster Fake? / Grown? Attachments

by Michael Towns
9 11/23/2017 06:34AM
Last Post by Michael Towns

Fake Trinitite Attachments

by Mineralogical Research Company
49 10/05/2017 11:00PM
Last Post by Scott Trez

Diamonds in Conglomerate from Brazil?

by Jolyon & Katya Ralph
18 09/25/2017 03:31AM
Last Post by Norman King


by emory coons
44 09/24/2017 05:16PM
Last Post by Michael VanDyke


by Pavel Kartashov
7 09/23/2017 12:13AM
Last Post by Pavel Kartashov

Minerals Guaranteed NOT to Have Any Healing Properties Attachments

by Jeffrey Shallit
71 09/20/2017 09:53PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

Recent Buys Attachments

by zach long
5 09/12/2017 07:40PM
Last Post by Paul Brandes

Blue Halite / Carlsbad NM / real or fake? Attachments

by John Krygier
31 09/06/2017 10:27PM
Last Post by Harley Alton

Faked Sulfur Specimen? Attachments

by Jeffrey Shallit
9 08/07/2017 05:49PM
Last Post by Holger Klapproth

Are these real or fake red coral Attachments

by Ashley Wise
11 07/23/2017 03:56PM
Last Post by Owen Lewis

Irradiated quartz? Attachments

by Io Bh
8 07/03/2017 02:50PM
Last Post by Alysson Rowan

'Citrine Quartz' on ebay... Attachments

by Io Bh
4 07/03/2017 02:48PM
Last Post by Alysson Rowan
This topic has been moved.

Indonesian purple chalcedony Attachments

by Peter Slootweg
  This topic has been moved.


by Jessica Guichard (2)
8 04/02/2017 02:07PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Authenticity of emerald & ruby specimens Attachments

by Trevor Boyd
16 03/29/2017 05:09PM
Last Post by Uwe Kolitsch

How to check for repair in a mineral using Microscope

by Aqua marine
7 03/27/2017 08:59AM
Last Post by Aqua marine

heads up on scam for club officials

by Don Windeler
4 03/19/2017 01:00PM
Last Post by Harold Moritz

Re: misinformation on Kambaba Jasper and Nebula Stone(TM)

by Ron Nurnberg
26 03/16/2017 01:42PM
Last Post by Stone Mania

Crystal "healing" and Darwinism

by cascaillou
6 03/08/2017 08:32PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

New Natural Gold from Venezuela Attachments

by Kristi Hugs
6 03/03/2017 12:19AM
Last Post by Kristi Hugs

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