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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2014, 06:27:38 am »

From all the pics on the web I have seen, I think it is dark green bowenite, but it has small metallic specks in it. My magnet doesn't stick. I don't have a way to test hardness, unless there is a scratch test I can do. It does how shape fairly easily on my 100 grit wheel. It came from western MA. Greenfield area. If that helps.
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« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2014, 11:56:49 am »

Hi, looks like the Williamsite variety of serpentine.
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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2014, 01:15:40 pm »

try using a rare earth magnet to test the magnetic pull.
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« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2014, 05:10:19 pm »

I tested another piece, and It is getting a little pull off the magnet.
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« Reply #19 on: September 04, 2014, 05:35:22 pm »

leaning towards serpentine then but try scratching it with a good knife tip, if it scratches it's under mohs 5 but some serpentine runs up to 6 1/2. I find some around here that is as hard as nephrite.
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« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2014, 06:29:29 pm »

Just used a USN WWII Kabar to do a scratch test (probably not the best thing to do with an antique) But it scratched.
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« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2014, 08:20:54 pm »

so you can narrow it down a bit; you have the colour, approximate mohs, density can be figured pretty easily, appearance, translucency, you can check cleavage and breakage characteristics but it points a lot towards a variety of serpentine but I don't know the rocks of your area so there could be others.
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« Reply #22 on: September 04, 2014, 10:56:33 pm »

There is nothing wrong with cutting and polishing top quality Serpentine!
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« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2014, 07:17:06 am »

I have been practicing my stone carving skills with it. Making pendents for people.
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« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2014, 07:46:18 am »

Thanks everyone for your help, I think from what everyone has helped with and the research I have done on line. I'm leaning towards it being a uniform dark green form of Serpentine.
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Mike
P.S. I have a lot of it so if anyone wants to trade, let me know.
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« Reply #25 on: September 06, 2014, 08:29:55 am »

from the slab pic you posted, it should be making some nice looking peices.
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« Reply #26 on: September 06, 2014, 01:38:24 pm »

I have around 30lbs of it right now and might go back for more before winter hits. I need to find a way to cut the large chunks up , I don't  have a slab saw yet. I have a big tile saw, but i'm always nervous about cutting anything to big on it.
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« Reply #27 on: September 06, 2014, 01:57:33 pm »

I have around 30lbs of it right now and might go back for more before winter hits. I need to find a way to cut the large chunks up , I don't  have a slab saw yet. I have a big tile saw, but i'm always nervous about cutting anything to big on it.

I can cut a few large pieces for you on a share basis.
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« Reply #28 on: September 06, 2014, 03:38:49 pm »

Not that this terribly relevant to jade in MA. but there is a serious digger who comes to the Spruce Pine, NC show each year who showed me a large slice of very translucent jade which came from North Carolina. Like everything that he has he will tell no one where he finds any of his material.  If any of you go to the show, he is from Virginia and all that he sells is slabs and he has trays and trays of them on many 8' tables. It is sad, but he will likely go to his grave never sharing his locations. If anyone knows of the jade location in NC, many of us would love to know.
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« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2014, 06:37:16 pm »

Hi mearic71

I'm in Newton Ma and have a 14" slab saw,   and would be willing to trade slabbing  for rough.

David
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