Mineral Identification

These examples are for identification purposes only. They represent commonly found minerals and do not represent the exact type, quality, size, or quantity of minerals that you will find. You may not find all of the displayed minerals and you may even find minerals that aren't displayed. This applies to all types of boxes for sale.

We also recommend checking out mindat.org for all of your mineral identification, mining history, and general rock information needs! Type in a specific mineral i.e. "Tourmaline" or a specific mine i.e. "Mount Mica"

Mt Mica Straight Run Box

(also applies to both Dig Your Own buckets at our on-site location) 

Quartz
Quartz

Image displays smaller sized stones ranging from .5 cm - 4 cm in size. Can come very clear or opaque.

Red Garnet
Red Garnet

Image displays smaller sized stones, approx. 1 cm in size. Most of the time you will find Garnet even smaller than these in shard form, or in much rarer cases, larger and in crystal form.

Pink Green and Blue Tourmaline
Pink Green and Blue Tourmaline

Image displays high quality Tourmaline specimens approx .5 cm to 3 cm. Gem tourmaline like these are usually rarer to come across in the Mt Mica Straight run box, though like a lottery, these are entirely possible to find.

Purple Lepidolite
Purple Lepidolite

Image displays specimens ranging from .5 cm to 4 cm. This is actually purple mica!

Mica
Mica

Image displays specimens approx. 5 cm in size. Mica comes in little flakes or larger "books" or "sheets" like these and can even be up to 3 - 5 inches in size.

Mica Shist
Mica Shist

Image displays stones approx. 5 - 6 cm size. Common mineral made of condensed mica and other minerals.

Green Tourmaline
Green Tourmaline

Image displays stones .5 cm to 3 cm in size. These are common within the Mt Mica Straight Run material. More commonly green, but keep an eye out for pink and blue as well.

Feldspar 1
Feldspar 1

Image displays stones approx. 5 cm to 10 cm in size. This is the most common mineral in all of our boxes. It can also come in slightly pink blue and green coloration, never bright colors however. Note the green Tourmaline embedded in the center stone. Orange coloration is iron staining.

Feldspar 2
Feldspar 2

More Feldspar approx. 5 cm to 10 cm. This mineral will make up approximately 80 to 85 percent of your bucket. Even though it is extremely common, feel free to keep ones that look cool!

Black Tourmaline
Black Tourmaline

Image displays stones 1 cm to 4 cm in size. They can come very small as well, but anything that is pure black like this is Black Tourmaline.

Around the World Box

(also applies to Around the World buckets at our on-site location)

***This also contains common minerals like Feldspar, Quartz, Mica, Shist, Black Tourmaline, etc. you find in the Mt. Mica material above!

Sharks Teeth
Sharks Teeth

Shark Teeth approx. 1 cm - 3 cm in size. Species unknown!

Rose Quartz, Green Calcite, Amber Calcit
Rose Quartz, Green Calcite, Amber Calcit

Image displays stones approx. 4 cm - 5 cm in size.

River Agate
River Agate

Image displays stone approx. 7 cm in size.

Quartz Crystals
Quartz Crystals

Image displays Quartz Crystal Cluster approx. 9 cm in size.

Pyrite
Pyrite

Image displays specimens approx. 1 cm - 1.5 cm in size.

Quartz crystal
Quartz crystal

Image displays specimen approx. 4 cm in size.

Prehnite
Prehnite

Image displays specimen approx. 9 cm in size.

Polished Stones
Polished Stones

Image displays stones approx. 2 cm - 4 cm in size.

Jasper
Jasper

Image displays stones approx. 2 cm - 8 cm in size.

Obsidian
Obsidian

Image displays stone approx. 6 cm in size.

Green Geode
Green Geode

Image displays specimen approx. 6 cm in size.

Geode
Geode

Image displays specimen approx. 5 cm in size.

Agate Slice
Agate Slice

Image displays specimen approx. 10 cm in size.

Amethyst
Amethyst

Image displays specimen approx. 8 cm in size.

Fairy Stone
Fairy Stone

Image displays stone approx. 6 cm in size.

Flourite
Flourite

Image displays specimen approx. 5 cm in size.

New England High-Grade Box

(also applies to $25, $50 and $100 Specialty buckets at our on-site location)

***This also contains common minerals like Feldspar, Quartz, Mica, Shist, Black Tourmaline, etc. you find in the Mt. Mica material above!

Tourmaline
Tourmaline

Image displays specimens approx. .5 cm - 3 cm in size. These are much more prevalent in our New England High Grade Box than the Mt. Mica Straight Run Box.

Tourmaline and Cookeite
Tourmaline and Cookeite

Image displays specimen approx. 7 cm in size. Complex mineralization often found within open cavities in the ground called "pockets". Notice the Green Tourmaline in matrix.

Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz

Image displays stone approx. 15 cm in size. Careful, these beautiful pink stones can be sharp in spots!

Quartz Crystals
Quartz Crystals

Image displays specimens approx. 5 cm - 16 cm in size. Notice the symmetrical crystal structure. None of these are cut or polished by man!

Quartz Crystal Specimine Iron Staining
Quartz Crystal Specimine Iron Staining

Image displays specimen approx. 6 cm in size. Hundreds of tiny crystals can be intricately placed on these specimens. The orange coloration is iron staining.

Purple Lepidolite Specimine
Purple Lepidolite Specimine

Image displays specimen approx. 9 cm in size.

Pink Tourmaline in Purple Lepidolite
Pink Tourmaline in Purple Lepidolite

Image displays specimen approx. 6 cm in size. Notice the pink Tourmaline embedded in the Lepidolite, with Feldspar holding it all together.

Green Tourmaline in Cookeite and Feldspar
Green Tourmaline in Cookeite and Feldspar

Image displays specimen approx. 9 cm in size. Tourmaline can form in weird and interesting circumstances sometimes. This specimen shows green Tourmaline crystals embedded in green Cookeite all holding on to a Feldspar crystal.

Four Tourmaline
Four Tourmaline

Image displays specimens approx. 4 cm - 5 cm in size. These are some higher quality Tourmaline crystals. Note the Watermelon configuration on the left most Tourmaline.

Amethyst and Smokey Amethyst Crystals
Amethyst and Smokey Amethyst Crystals

Image displays specimens approx. 4 cm - 5 cm in size.

Beryl
Beryl

Image displays specimen approx. 6 cm in size. Beryl is the opaque form of Aquamarine.

Cookeite
Cookeite

Image displays specimen approx. 4 cm in size. More Cookeite. Remember you can often find Quartz crystals and Tourmaline imbedded within Cookeite, due to its complex nature.

Blue and Green Tourmoline Chunk
Blue and Green Tourmoline Chunk

Image displays specimen approx. 6 cm in size.