Frequent question: What kind of rocks have gems in them?

What rocks are emeralds found in?

Most emeralds form in contact metamorphic rocks—that is, the narrow, baked zone where a hot magma (lava) comes into contact with sedimentary rocks such as limestone or shale. Many emeralds come from contact metamorphosed black shale beds.

How do you identify rocks and minerals?

How to Identify Minerals

  1. Look at it closely on all visible sides to see how it reflects light.
  2. Test its hardness.
  3. Identify its cleavage or fracture.
  4. Name its luster.
  5. Evaluate any other physical properties necessary to determine the mineral’s identity.

Is there an app to identify stones?

Rock identification has gotten easier with the Rock Identifier App. Simply take or upload a picture of your rock, and Rock Identifier can help you identify it in seconds. Start exploring, learning, and recording your geological surroundings with Rock Identifier!

Are geodes worth anything?

According to Answers.com, the value of a geode “… … Baseball sized geodes with non-spectacular quartz or calcite crystals can be purchased for $4-$12. Geodes with uncommon minerals that are sold on mineral auction sites range in price from $30-$500. Golf ball sized geodes, uncracked, are sold for about $2 at shows.”

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