Hello - Thank you very much for admitting me. I might not be in the right type of forum; however, beginning my quest with the good folks at the prospecting level is a good start, before heading for a jeweller. Some 25 years ago (I’m now 66), I bought a necklace, knotted with a silk string, containing 2 small crystal ‘towers’, 4 small tumbled Amethysts, and 3 ‘uninteresting’ glassy stones the artisan called ‘Killiecrankie Diamond’. It meant nothing to me, but the name was kinda querky and stuck in my memory. The silk (cotton?) thread has become a victim of moths, so I rescued the stones from the unravelling piece. From memory, the artisan who made the necklace either fossicked herself, or got the stone from a fossicker.
I’ve always wondered how a prospector can tell a pebble from a semi-precious/precious stone.
Cleaning out the box with decades of accumulated ‘stuff’, I came across these stones again. Remembering the name, ‘Killiecrankie Diamond’, I thought it might be worth finding out whether they really are what I have now googled to be Flinders Island Topaz. One stone is blueish and quite angular, the other is yellowish, with rounded off corners, the third is entirely clear, as smooth as a mirror, and shaped like jellybean.
Someone said that, given the ‘artisan’ setting of a knotted string, they’re probably quartz.
Before I put them in the basket of kids’ marbles, I would like to identify them properly.
I have taken photos and upload one (as that’s all I’m permitted to upload as a newbie). If anyone knows what a real Killiecrankie Diamond looks like, or can point me in the direction of the means of identifying the stones, I would appreciate it.