2009. It was a great day to go crystal digging in Wake
The sun was out bright and warm but a cool breeze graced us
capriciously before we became too overheated. In this report
wanted to focus more on what the quartz crystal producing veins look
like. In almost every case here in Wake County we
mica present in the vein where quartz crystals are found. We
confident in this mica
relationship that we always follow the mica to find the
We had two or three days of
recently so everything had been washed off for us and ready to go.
Our first stop was a construction site where I had previously
found facet grade smokey crystals. It was not difficult to
veins of quartz that the rain had exposed for us.
Joe inspects some
quartz for signs of crystal faces in this washout.
This is one of the
veins we were working on
that was producing some small crystals. All of these veins
iron stained as evident by the dark reddish brown contrast.
were very thin mica veins that were present in and around the crystals
that we pulled out.
This is where the vein
pinched off at
the bottom. We are always stifled in our pursuit of
here in Wake County because of the frequency at which the veins seem to
appear and disappear. We might pull one or two crystals from
crystallizing vein only to discover after one more inch
that the vein pinches off completely leaving no clue as to where to dig
I was in a playful mood.
as Joe and I were finish with the first place Bob called me up and said
he was getting into some crystals at another construction site.
It was great timing so we headed straight there to continue
crystal hunt. The above picture is a section of the ground I
scraped clean with my shovel. The foliation of the layers of
look just like grains of wood. The black vein on the right
produced a few small crystals.
a close up of the foliation. Below is a picture of one of the
crystals that came out of the black vein pictured above.
stop was another construction site known to produce crystals.
directed me to a wall that he was pulling crystals from. The
was clearly present so we knew this was a good spot.
a few minutes of digging into a mica rich section I found some quartz
running with it. So I dug on each side of the vein and popped
out. This crystal was right in the middle of it.
is the same crystal above cleaned up. You can see the mica
crystals attached to the outside of the crystal. Below is one of the
mica crystals that came out of this small pocket.