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State gemstones

Just wanted to see what Ohio was, man we must be rich, its Ohio "flint". I've seen it along railroad tracks and river banks, it so common at least to me. Wow, we got gems laying all over the place. The big surprise I didn't know flint was a gem. What is yours:


I'll take flint any day, that yella stuff just let it lay. -----Willy Happy

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I've heard it was traded by Ohio

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Native Americans for use in making arrowheads and that specimens thought to be made of Ohio rock have been found far across the country.

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Good point. Modern spectrographics and such

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can ID this stuff. Shows that locally superior things would be traded (and retraded, probably) to far away places. NM turquoise is found back east; maybe traded for Ohio flint.

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No, the Ohio Native Americans

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weren't interested in trading for beads and trinkets. They were trading for stocks and other securities. Happy

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(NT) Elitist! Mods'll getcha for that. :-)

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Calling it "gemstone" is more attractive than

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"rock." "Mineral" would be a better term, but not glam enough for the PR boys.

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Organics gems

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Well, Hawaii has "black coral" as a gemstone. A living thing at one time. Then, of course, there are diamonds being made from the ashes of passed loved ones. Go figure, I'll be worth something afterall besides pushing daisies. Happy -----Willy

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Maybe not as much as you'd like

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as you could just become grit on the tip of an industrial drill bit. Happy

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Lends new meaning to "You're the

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simplest tool known to man!"

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..... but flint priceless at times

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true story....

Several of us high school chums hiked across the bridge for a simple cook out at an Ohio road side park. Forgot 2 things- can opener for the pork and beans, matches to start a fire to roast the hot dogs. Bashing the cans open with a rock wasn't that hard.

It took a while to find some flint. A railroad trestle was about a mile and a half downstream, where we found some flints. Most in those days could start a fire with leaves and twigs with either flints or a magnifying glass. Happy

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Thinking of history...

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Thinking of history, also when you are looking for a flint for a flintlock firearm. Just any old flint is not the most dependable.

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