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 on: Today at 12:43:29 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by hummingbirdstones
Agreed - it's labradorite, not pietersite.

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 on: Today at 12:21:03 PM 
Started by zurn - Last post by zurn
Ok thanks
Ill check out etsy and Maple tree
thanks for help

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 on: Today at 11:51:40 AM 
Started by Redrummd - Last post by lawsonland
We received the box today and its great stuff, you made my wife very happy
Thanks again
Jon

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 on: Today at 10:12:36 AM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by rocks2dust
Unlike a slab or rough (sometimes), it shouldn't be necessary to wet or oil a cab in order to photograph.

Are you certain that photo is pietersite? It looks more like Madagascar labradorite to me (which might explain the lower prices you are seeing). Overseas cutters are also notorious for misstating the origin and identification of materials they sell. Just look up "Owyhee jasper" on sites like ebay for example, where most of what you see from Asian sellers isn't from North America, let alone the Owyhee basin, and often isn't even jasper (and sometimes isn't even natural stone - amen to what lithicbeads said).

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 on: Today at 09:54:33 AM 
Started by zurn - Last post by lithicbeads
The Maple Tree on ebay often has incredible rough and you will have competition for it.

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 on: Today at 09:53:07 AM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by lithicbeads
I was knocked to the floor puking with a blinding head ache after grinding on treated turquoise years ago. Caution is required as the Chinese are famous for mixing excess industrial chemicals with everything including food  to save on dump fees.

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 on: Today at 09:19:34 AM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by Debbie K
Neal:

I hear what you're saying. I agree that I, along with probably many others that frequent this forum, am forever indebted to the kindness of others for extending their hand to help me and to teach me. I was stymied for many years by lack of funds to learn to cast. I tried to take a course in college, but they had so many prerequisites to the course that I ran out of money and patience. I was one of those students that worked more than a 40 hour week and carried 18 hours until my health gave out, and jewelry was not my major.

When I joined my local club, I was fortunate to be mentored by an incredibly grumpy old man who helped me more than I can describe. I took a casting class from him, and after that he kind of took me under his wing. I taught him some sculpting; he taught me how to make molds. I made gifts for his girlfriend, he sold me old equipment at knock-down prices. All of my equipment excepting a very few pieces are second hand and most of them re-built by me. I spend more time fixing up equipment than I do making things.

I have practically no disposable income, and because of this I am very sensitive to the fact that others may be in the same boat. I do teach and share information for free and have taught many folks how to carve, sculpt, solder, cast, make cabs, enamel, etc. If you go and look at the old forum at the bottom of the home page and look at my posts, you'll see that I've shared practically everything that I know freely. If I do teach a course and someone tells me that they can't afford it, I'll do everything I can to help them out.

My club approached me about doing this class. Doing an organized class as opposed to my currently casual approach will require me to type up and print literature, procure tools and supplies and ferry equipment back and forth and make the drive. I believe the idea of their education push is to recruit new members by having classes that generate interest, and they think that this would be something that could do that. I can't make a calibrated cabochon to save my life, but I am a really good carver.

Sorry if this discussion upset you and anyone else. As you can tell, I'm conflicted about the money issue, too. I sort of consider my club as a volunteer organization and the whole thing makes me uncomfortable. And, I only have a 6" saw so I guess I'm in the wrong place, too.

Debbie K

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 on: Today at 08:21:47 AM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by peruano
Soaking/coating with bee's wax is not uncommon.  I have some ruby zosite that has been coated with a heavy almost laquer like substance that stinks when you grind on it.  Often reworking someone's quick treatment is advantageous over starting from rough or slabs.  .... but not always. 

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 on: Today at 07:38:35 AM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by 55fossil
    I purchased some cabs from India to re-cut. It was cheaper to buy Pietersite cabs than I can find slabs or rough. The pictures all look odd. It almost looks like the cabs were painted with a liquid or polymer for the photo. If you look at the fingers in the photo they actually glow. The Labrodorite also looks wet.
     The cabs were worth the money for the most part. After re-cutting and polishing I have some very nice cabs. The cabs as purchased had cut marks on the back side, irregular shapes for ovals and the tops were not really what I like to see. There were pits, etc...   Out of the 9 cabochons I purchased several will never be excellent due to soft spots in the Pietersite that will not polish up to a glow.

   Has anyone else experienced getting cabochons on line that had pictures far better than the stone they received?
PS:   The market really seems flooded with Pietersite cabochons for cheap $$$ but rough is still impossible to find at a reasonable price. Why?????

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 on: Today at 07:21:45 AM 
Started by zurn - Last post by Stonemon
Hello Zurn,
I get many requests for this rough. It would be easy to sell all of my stash in a very short period of time but it gives me an anchor to tether my hobby. I am not interested in parting with rough. It is too hard to price and I would never be able to supply the demand.

I am willing to put a piece up for auction to support the forum. This would give someone a chance to work a little of it or to stash it in their collection. I will pm Phish and see if wants to do another auction.

I wish there was a way to give everyone a bit to play with but Trent, for all intents and purposes, is extinct.

I do sell finished pieces and collector slabs on my etsy shop. Just search Trent agate and you will see what is available.
Best regards,
Bill

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