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Monday, June 20, 2011

From the Vault: Mohawkite


I am always on the look out for something new and different. When I saw this stone, I knew it had to be in my collection. This stone will be finished with silver, no doubt!

There is a mine in Mohawk, Michigan, USA that is appropriately called the Mohawk Mine. That is where this rare stone comes from. This is Mohawkite. These stones are only found in Mohawk, MI. For the specific "ingredients" of this stone, see this link to Mindat, a great place for stone info.

The look is like a silver metallic web on top of a white quartz base. When the light is direct, it is very reflective. When the light is not direct, the web looks slate gray.

I am waiting for the special design to speak to me to finish this and I am in no hurry. I don't mind waiting, but I do like looking at it. :)

6 comments:

  1. Who would have thought that the silverish veins are composed of copper(!) and other metals never heard of. Frankly, to my unedicated eye they did look like pyrite. Clearly a stone for a connoisseur! ;-)

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  2. Yeah, it is sometimes surprising what a stone is composed of. I would have thought silver or nickle with this one.

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  3. What a unique and beautiful stone. I have not seen this before. I look forward to seeing it in a unique wrap...silver of course!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Yes, Christine! It will have to be silver- IF I can force myself to bust into my stash of silver. This may have to wait. :)

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  5. Recently in southern Michigan I came across a rough piece of stone that when cut
    resembles Mohawkite. To view pictures please go to Rockhounds.com, go to rock talk then click on photo gallery. The pictures are recently submitted. I have seen Mohawkite, on other sites, a bit more gold colored and this is what my piece shows. Let me know what you think in regards to it being Mohawkite.

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    1. Hi Ward- I had a look at the links. I have to say, I'm a rock lover, not a lapidary, however, judging from what I have seen- I think you might have some Mohawkite. BUT, I think you should email the guy at the link that was provided to you by AJ. http://topgems.homestead.com/Mohawkite.html Topgems has offered several stones and he cut them himself. He would be a better person to ask. Steve and I have emailed on several occasions and he was most helpful. :)

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