I just wanted to report to you that I finally got around to sorting my second 3.5 gallon sapphire gravel. I feel like a pro now. I carefully washed and examined with two sets of eyes and found more in this bag than the first. I found 18 sapphires and 4 garnets in the first bag. This bag netted at least:
14 green sapphires
19 light blue to light purple sapphires
34 maybes (the experts will have to look at these, I suspect they are quartz)
One of the green ones is a really nice size and very clear. My second set of eyes found that one. He is a ten year old boy named Joel. He was so excited. I think he is hooked! He is going to have it cut, mounted and then give it to his mom. How sweet.
The garnets this time were better looking, but still a little on the small side. I’ll order some more gravel in a little while. Thanks for the fun and keep up the good work!
Dan Bovinich, Rochester Hills, Michigan