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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 07:53    Post subject: what stones are these?  

Can anyone tell by looking at them what type of mineral that could be?

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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 08:05    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

coril wrote:
Can anyone tell by looking at them what type of mineral that could be?
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Well, by looking at them I can tell you that these are white rocks ;-)

Please read https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=19487#19487 and then please try to provide some further information.

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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 08:15    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

I see it as unfinished opal
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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 08:31    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

Limestone.
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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 08:34    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

ALshawani wrote:
I see it as unfinished opal


I disagree. I see a crystallized texture, with nearly isometric grains of same size. If the hardness is low and acid testing shows a carbonate, then I would say calcite or dolomite marble!

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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 08:44    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

The answer really has to be 'no'. By looking all we can just say is 'white beads'.

Please do some tests (i.e. 7 and 8) and we might have an idea. If you put vinegar on them do you see bubbles?

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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 09:39    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

I should have said a carbonate.
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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 11:56    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

Thanks for all the interesting answers. I will try putting some vinegar on them once I get home. No one mentioned granite which is what came to my mind but I am no expert. Could it be granite or am I completely off here?
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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 12:14    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

For sure not granite.
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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 12:50    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

What makes you think so? Is it the colour?
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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 13:09    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

I agree that it's not granite, and it's due to the lack of color, or at least the lack of color variety. Granite has quartz, which is usually transucent grey, feldspar which can be white or pink, and almost always mica, which is silvery shiny plates that may be colorless to almost black. Often some other dark minerals as well.

It is the monotonous uniform white of these beads that says it's not granite - and rules out most other rock types as well.

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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2021 13:18    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

coril wrote:
What makes you think so? Is it the colour?


The beads consist obviously of only one mineral (most likely a carbonate, as Vic said). Also the texture points to a metamorphic carbonate (marble) with its homogeneous appearance.
Granite always consists of at least quartz, feldspar and mica, which also may differ in their color, size and orientation.

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PostPosted: Mar 24, 2021 07:34    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

So I popped one of those little guys into vinegar and it turned into a bubbly affair quite quickly. I guess that eliminates much of the possibilities of what it could be?


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PostPosted: Mar 24, 2021 09:21    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

Seems to be calcite marble.
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PostPosted: Mar 25, 2021 08:50    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

thanks for your help! the vinegar test was a really good idea, but i wouldn't have thought of it myself :)
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PostPosted: Mar 25, 2021 13:47    Post subject: Re: what stones are these?  

Hardness, streak and acid are three basic tests we use to start the process to identify minerals. Locality helps a lot too as certain minerals occur in certain places

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thanks for your help! the vinegar test was a really good idea, but i wouldn't have thought of it myself :)
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