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    Default Rubies?

    So I toiled in a creek near the house (near hatcher) for an hour or so with the family and classified two five gallon buckets of 'pay dirt'.

    Took it back to the house and ran the dirt through the sluice. We were finding very small shiny red stones ranging from deep red to more of a pink color. May have found some VERY small flecks of gold.

    I don't have a pic now, but what is the likelihood that what we found was actually rubies?

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    Not sure on the Rubies.
    My guess is Garnett witch is common in some places I have heard about in the lower 48 and are often found panning for gold in those areas. The Industrial Garnett I have used at work is in that color range and are also very small.
    Are the stones rounded or do they have any type of defined shape to them?
    The Garnett we use at work are not rounded and smooth but have many flat sides to them.
    A pic would help greatley in Identification.
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    I'll try and get a picture but they were mostly rounded. Garnett is likely the case I would imagine.

    From this stock picture from google, I see the color variation (though these are MUCH larger than what we were finding)

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    Hunt, those are garnets, however that being said, they are a gold indicator in certan spots.

    A good site to go to is the www.alaskagoldforum www.bb.bbboy./net/alaskagoldforum

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    Yeah that wasn't my picture, but hopefully I will be able to post one soon to verify with you guys.

    Gold indicator? Hmmmm... Maybe I will have to get wet and sweaty a little more in that creek...

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    That's good to know, there's a creek nearby that I've panned and end up with a lot of garnets. Of course I know there's a garnet ledge up the mountain a little bit, but it give me hope for gold.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Default Rubies are a possibility

    I have some very old assay reports from the west side of Cooks Inlet.
    Rubies are listed, one of impressive size.

    So, rubies are around. Good luck!
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    Take them to nature's jewels in Anchorage if there is any Question. Rubies Flouresce under UV light. Most likely they are garnets. Ther are lots of garnets in Alaska. Ranging from the deep color in the picture to orange and green.
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    Hey gold is getting up there, what is a garnet worth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock_skipper View Post
    Hey gold is getting up there, what is a garnet worth?
    Alaskan garnets, rough (not cut), usually cost $1-3 per ct. 1 ct is .2 grams. There are 142 cts in a pound.
    It ain't about the # of pounds of meat we bring back, nor about how much we spent to go do it. Its about seeing what no one else sees.

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    I have a few thousand pounds for sale, lol I'll give then away for 50 cents a ct.

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