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Congratulations to denverkris and her Stinking Water Plume Agate Cab!

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Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 04:46:22 PM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by ileney
Really unusual and attractive.

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 on: Today at 12:13:09 PM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by lithicbeads
It has become difficult here to find rhodonite  without spessartine except in one in situ situation. A scientific paper on the rhodonites , an aside actually in a more comprehensive paper, tested many rhodonite deposits here and it turns out that rhodochrosite is found to a small xtent in almost all deposits in Washington. The paper also directed me to a road cut at low elevation that has rhodonite.Most rhodonite here is in mid elevation deposits or streams and snow is a big problem and then forest fire hazard becomes just as big a problem.

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 on: Today at 11:18:59 AM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by auscarver
Thanks, its the hardest rhodonite I have cut, rhodonite is said to be no harder than 6.5 but this is slightly under 7, the deposit contains jaspers of many colours as you can see, the green is what caught my eye, it,s a stone called tephroite.It polished great slight variation in hardness but had no trouble with undercut, there are copper deposits close by but there is no copper in contact with the deposit, it may also contain spassatine but I don,t think any has been found in my area, this is on the peel fault not far from the nephrite jade deposits so I would not be surprised if it does. 

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 on: Today at 09:51:18 AM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by lithicbeads
Nice pice. Was it uniform in hardness? Here in Washington our rhodonite is often infused with silica making for very easy cutting.Are there copper ores adjacent to where that stone was sourced.Very unusual combination.

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 on: Today at 09:32:20 AM 
Started by olgguy - Last post by olgguy
This is a bad picture but the two slabs on the right have aa agate rim around the Jasper. the slab second from the left shows the agate collapsed an filled around with the Jasper.

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 on: Today at 08:52:43 AM 
Started by olgguy - Last post by rocks2dust
Nice organic custom cab shapes really compliment the scenes in the stones!

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 on: Today at 08:51:07 AM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by rocks2dust
Beautiful: both stone and what you did with it!

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 on: Today at 06:16:40 AM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by hummingbirdstones
Congratulations denverkris on a close contest!  Great cab!

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 on: Today at 05:22:44 AM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by hummingbirdstones
That is absolutely gorgeous!  Love the colors and your carving is, of course, perfection!   :notworthy:

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 on: Today at 05:04:28 AM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Wow indeed! Wish I could think of a better word, but that's all I could think when I saw that beauty.

The carving accentuates an already incredible piece. Thanks for letting us see it.

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