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Tammy

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Finding quartz
« on: June 24, 2017, 08:08:23 PM »
Hi everyone I'm new to fossicking and this is my fist time posting so I have no idea wether I'm doing it right! I live on the NSW/QLD border and  recently I have been looking for Quartz and I have found a few nice pieces, the trouble is I would like to find smokey Quartz to and I'm not sure how to do it  or where to dig! At the moment I'm just finding Quartz on the top of the ground then digging underneath it about half a foot down and finding some beautiful clusters do I need to dig deeper to find smokey or another spot entirely the location is not near creeks or river beds but on the side of a hill near a water course. Especially under big trees would there be any smokey near by? 15 minutes drive I have been told there are wineries where you can find smokey Quartz where the rows of grapes have been dug/ploud thanks for any help you can give  :)

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Re: Finding quartz
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2017, 06:57:37 AM »
Greetings Tammy.
The trouble with Quartz is it turns up everywhere,next time your there digging see if you can identify any of the surrounding material, understanding the host matrix certainly helps understanding your target.
If you're getting big snot-blocks or well formed patches the trick is to maintain them intact, dig softly,wrapped in newspaper/storage case, research cleaning methods and presentation.
Turning a fairly mundane specimen into something spectacular is very rewarding.
Good luck.

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Re: Finding quartz
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2017, 01:11:28 PM »
I have picked up a couple of fist sized bits of smokey while picking apples there. Like finding anything, research is the only way. Qld globe is great and so is mines online maps although the latter was caught asleep and I think they are still trying to update their software so it works with browsers other than IE. They only had a couple of years warning so can't really blame them.

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Re: Finding quartz
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2017, 01:35:04 PM »
Thanks guys yes we have been very careful when looking and I'm currently looking into different cleaning methods for Quartz. The  2 materials I can identify are silica and granite and I will get a photo of the rocks surrounding the Quartz crystals when I go out next to see if others can help also thanks again :)

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Re: Finding quartz
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2017, 07:03:08 PM »
 Welcome Tammy quartz can turn up in the strangest places , like most shinnies

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