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“My Garnet Birthstone”


Description from Elaine aka Belly Chick: And other colors that make me smile!


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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    so which is it? – garnet or ruby?

  2. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Garnet…oh yeah, I forgot that the green stones had the word ruby in it! Sorry :-)

  3. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    that’s real-live Ruby in the Ruby in Zoisite, Elaine. I’m an amateur rock hound and just eat that kind of stuff up.
    Very cool pick!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I’m a July “baby”, which is why I love real-live ruby!

  5. CAS
    CAS says:

    Gem Chick, I’m a July “baby” too! What day? Mine is the 12th.

  6. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    I didn’t know that was ruby in the Zoisite so I’ve changed the title of my pick. I just loved the color together!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    i’m on the 13th!

  8. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    yup – that’s green zoisite, now blue zoisite – the treasure of all treasures – is Tanzanite. like I said, I just gobble the stuff up.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Smoky Chick, I’m a rock hound too, ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved looking for stones/gems. Although not to the extent that you are it seems. I’ve just never had the opportunity to get more involved in it.
    How would I go about getting hands on experience in actually digging/hunting for rocks? There are no clubs or organizations in my area.

  10. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Mary Sweet Chick – check this out:

    1304 N. Willow Rod (47711)
    Meetings: 3rd Monday, 7:00 pm
    (Feburary-May, September-November)
    1304 N. Willow Road

    Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society
    4336 Charter Lane
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815
    Meeting Place: Science Central, 1950 S Clinton St, Ft Wayne IN
    Meeting Time: 7-9 pm, 4th Wednesday of each month
    Primary Contact: Michele Yamanaka E-Mail: yamanakam[at] Phone: [260] 424-5070
    Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies

    PO Box 1672 (46322)
    Meetings: 2nd Friday, 7:30 pm (September-May)
    Presbyterian Church, 8727 Delaware

    Indianapolis – 500 EARTH SCIENCES CLUB
    meetings: 2nd Sunday 2 p.m. (except September)
    North Eastwood Christian Church
    9425 E. 30th St.
    Contact: Bob Weidman
    2169 Nalon Dr. Apt D
    Indianapolis, IN 46224
    E-mail: Bob Weidman

    Indianapolis – Indiana Geology Club.
    Meetings: Fourth Friday of the month at 6:00 PM
    Methodist Medical Center Plaza
    East (9670 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana)
    The well-lighted entrance is at the rear of the building(NW corner).
    The Indiana Geology Club until recently was known as the NAFI/NAC Geology Club. Our memberships are open to all and without restriction.
    E-mail: Ingeoclub

    Merrillville – DUNELAND ROCK CLUB
    6800 Harrison (46410)
    Meetings: 1st Thursday, 7:30 pm (Sept.-June)
    1st Presbyterian Church of Merrillville

    4305 W. University Ave (47304)
    Meetings: 1st Thursday 7:30pm (Sept.-June)
    Hazelwood Ctr.

    11923 McKinley, Mishawka, IN 46545
    Meetings: 4th Sunday, 2:00 pm (SeptemberMay)
    Redeemer Lutheran Church
    805 S. 29th St. S. Bend, IN

    1555 Capri Lane (47374)
    Meetings: 1st Thursday, 7:00 pm
    Earlham College, Dennis Hall

    2319 Sycamoe Lane (47906)
    Meetings: 3rd Thursday, 7:30 pm(Sept.,June)
    Morton Ctr., 222 N. Chauncey

    Lawrence County Rock Club, Inc.
    Rt. 2 Box 175
    Shoals, Indiana 47581
    Meeting Place: Company Concourse, 1402 H. Street, Bedford IN 47421
    Meeting Time: 7:00 PM First Saturday of each month, except July and August.
    Primary Contact: George Aldred Phone: [812] 247-3780
    Secondary Contact: Dave Treffinger Phone: [812] 295-3463
    Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies

    Michiana Gem & Mineral Society
    52838 Juniper Rd. South Bend, In 46637
    Redeemer Luthern Church
    805 South 29th St.
    South Bend, Indiana 46615
    Meetings: 4th Sunday at 2:00pm September-May
    Primary Contact: E-Mail: Phone: [] –
    Alternate Contact: E-Mail: Phone: [] –
    Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I love collecting rocks too! I have probably around 20 including amethyst, peridot, & citrine! Very fun!

  12. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Mary Sweet Chick – I belong to PA Earth Sciences. I’ve been on mineral collecting field trips to quarries, etc. It’s too cool – I’ll tell you, to find garnet, smoky quartz, this weird muddy mauvey quartz, pyrite cubes – stuff that we could buy strands of in much better quality – but to find, to unearth – after being buried for millions of years and be the first humans to see or touch – there’s something awesome about it! I love it! – and I started when I was little too – in Illinois – we had an old, old, abandon farm field behind our house – and my brother and I would find arrow heads – tons of em.

  13. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Which is your favorite, Nicole?

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I love the amethyst & citrine, but I also have a few 3-4 inch geodes, so I don’t really know! I love them all! I don’t belong to a society, but I go to shows.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    THANK YOU MARY for all the info!!
    Wow! Now you have me excited again about looking for rocks. My hubby has told me before if we can find places to dig we can go there for vacations! I’ll check into some of the links.
    WOOOHOOOOO! I know what you mean about being the first to find a stone that has been buried for so long. More fun than finding Easter eggs even!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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