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Congratulations to Bobby1 and his Brazilian Agate Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 06:34:42 AM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by 55fossil
   Thanks, but I have all the slabs I need right now.

 on: February 27, 2024, 06:40:59 PM 
Started by R.U. Sirius - Last post by R.U. Sirius
Could this be hydrogrossular garnet ("transvaal jade")? Cannot show it in photos, but the material just doesn't feel like chalcedony. There's a more waxy feel to it. I'll check the density and come back here.

 on: February 27, 2024, 06:38:04 PM 
Started by Bluetangclan - Last post by christos
I posted elsewhere but does anyone have any relatively solid orange slabs available? The orange calcite that I previously tried was more yellow than orange. I havent seen a true orange carnelian. I am looking for slabs to make knife scales so they do not have to be super thick, but that also means being translucent isnt a good quality either.
i have orange beryls if you want

 on: February 27, 2024, 06:37:06 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by christos
       Yep, I have thousands of slabs but am looking for more. I can use those slabs that have nice colors but you just do not see a great cabochon in them.
     Jasper or agate is okay.  Colorful is a requirement.  It has to be able to take a polish.  Size and shape are pretty much anything at least an inch wide. These can be waste pieces from material you used for cabbing. Also, heals are fine too.
      Cheap is best, but if you have really nice scraps I can spend a wee bit more plus shipping if course.

thanks, Neal

would you like slabs if beryl crystals?

 on: February 27, 2024, 02:38:17 AM 
Started by christos - Last post by christos
any tips on beryl? do these specimens look expensive?

 on: February 26, 2024, 10:10:20 PM 
Started by bilquest - Last post by irockhound
Agree with Lithic on medium to average grade Chrysoprase.

 on: February 26, 2024, 09:55:35 PM 
Started by bilquest - Last post by DaLanMan
Just saw this post, and ... I think I have a *BUNCH* of chrysoprase that is gemmy...

For background: I have a buddy who was diagnosed with Cancer about 18 months ago, stage 4 on the colon, 3 elsewhere. long and short, going from successful contractor in silicon valley, to cancer patient was gonna take about 10k/month.

I took that on and oof, hard pill to swallow, everyone he knows has chipped in where they can. One of the people through I have no clue honestly but it was something to do with a purchashed storage locker and then some kind of horse trading, in any case he came back with someones rock collection. He never realised how complicated this can be, and my buddy is a rock hound...

So I inherited something to the tune of 5 tonnes of rock collection.

I have done my best to ID things, etc, and have sold a bit of stuff which every bit helps, but it is a big job. I will get pics tomorrow (I would tonight but the boxes with the chrysoprase is in my side yard, next to my boneyard of bikes... it is dark, I am old and like my shins) If it is what I think it is.. anyone know anyone that wants like... 5 5g buckets worth :: laughing::


 on: February 26, 2024, 03:45:45 PM 
Started by R.U. Sirius - Last post by lithicbeads
The colors are from iron just different concentrations  and/or reduction states.

 on: February 23, 2024, 10:47:27 PM 
Started by R.U. Sirius - Last post by christos
i  would consider its green from nickel not iron and reddish from iron

 on: February 23, 2024, 10:22:42 PM 
Started by christos - Last post by christos
if you can enlighten me on this property of rock/crystal ()

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