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Love to collect crystals and rocks

I\’m new to the world of gemology.i hope gain knowledge of identifying rocks and minerals where I live in Montana. I\’ve started to make jewelry and would like to be certain about the identifying what kinds of rocks I use

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Knowledge comes with schooling and experience.

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I would suggest getting a book about Montana’s rocks and gemstones. I bought one years ago for Washington in it turned me into a rock hound. Not only does it have pictures of the types of rocks, but it has maps of where you can find certain deposits.

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Thank you. I haven’t been active due to technical issues… I do have a question for anyone I have a crystallized snail the eye seems to be a green gem when looked at 20x at first I thought someone had glued a small black dot on the piece. It wasn’t until I examined it closely that I realized it was possibly part of the whole crystallized fossil. Any ideas of how this happened or what I am looking at?