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pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble

 
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pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
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is there any discernable way of telling from a picture like this? I realize there isn't three cents worth of either or anything in this two inch pebble though I'm curious in whatever insight anyone may have on the subject. thanks!
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
Does it glitter in poor lighting?
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04/15/2019 07:33 PM
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
Does it glitter in poor lighting?
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sorta. sitting by my window here at 8:30 pm with an overcast sky, I figure I could spot the same features if it were my first time observing it closely enough by the faint light still coming in.
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04/15/2019 07:35 PM
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
Rule of thumb: Pyrites are gold color, gold is yellow.
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04/15/2019 07:36 PM

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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
Fools gold
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
Rule of thumb: Pyrites are gold color, gold is yellow.
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note taken, though I'm indecisive on which I'd characterize this given the very small sampling area lol.

if anyone wants to suggest a more suitable condition(s) to try and photograph this under, I'm open to it
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
Looks like mica
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
Looks like mica
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Put a torch to the gold. If it’s pyrite it will smell of sulfur.
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04/15/2019 08:03 PM
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
gold is yellow it dont look like gold flake but i never seen it in quarts before so it maybe gold.
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
Looks like mica
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Put a torch to the gold. If it’s pyrite it will smell of sulfur.
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indeed, I've only looked up what mica actually is recently and was surprised to learn it can be confused with gold in certain circumstances. I'd probbly have to be sniffing up any fumes through a cardboard tube if I were to torch it and try getting a whiff of it though...
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
bump
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
gold is yellow it dont look like gold flake but i never seen it in quarts before so it maybe gold.
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both mica and pyrite look like small crystals with sharp edges.

gold looks like small blobs of yellow.
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
question, where did you find it?
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
question, where did you find it?
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shallow creek bottom. i initially picked it up because of the otherwise vibrant yet deep green tints it had when underwater
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
question, where did you find it?
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shallow creek bottom. i initially picked it up because of the otherwise vibrant yet deep green tints it had when underwater
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which state or Province?
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
question, where did you find it?
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shallow creek bottom. i initially picked it up because of the otherwise vibrant yet deep green tints it had when underwater
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which state or Province?
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new brunswick
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
If you could take close up of the top middle portion it would assist in the identification I looks like a quartz inclusion.
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Re: pyrite or gold? - tiny specs on a "ore" pebble
If you could take close up of the top middle portion it would assist in the identification I looks like a quartz inclusion.
 Quoting: Potiron


will do so later without the camera flash once daylight hits along with a picture of the other side while at it