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Nirena

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looking for nearly gem quality dino bone!!
« on: October 25, 2016, 09:57:57 PM »

Or is there a really cheap place you know of that you can share? Thanks!
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Re: looking for nearly gem quality dino bone!!
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2016, 03:08:56 AM »

Good luck, I saw some cool dino at the Denver show, one face polished piece of about 1 pound was $6.5k. It was very nice.
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Re: looking for nearly gem quality dino bone!!
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2016, 07:54:24 AM »

There is no such thing as cheap gem bone.  Even crappy dino bone is not cheap.  Go to some local gem and mineral shows or perhaps watch for estate sales where they advertise equipment and rocks and you may luck out and find a piece.  Most folks into rocks know what it is and how pricey it is, so you never know when you'll get lucky.  Usually the people who run estate sales or the survivors of an estate don't know anything about rocks and you can get excellent prices.  Good luck!
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Re: looking for nearly gem quality dino bone!!
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2016, 08:09:41 AM »

At the Agate Expo, I saw Gem bone from $1.00 to 10.00 per gram in slabbed and rough.  Some individual pieces were even higher having been face polished.  Good luck and as mentioned, check estate sales and join the local rock club.  Somebody there might be willing to share

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Nirena

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Re: looking for nearly gem quality dino bone!!
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2016, 05:58:01 PM »

Well THAT was encouraging.
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Re: looking for nearly gem quality dino bone!!
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2016, 08:42:15 PM »

This might be the best I've seen
About $30 a pound. The slab is $9. Not a bad price.
http://www.greatrough.com/rough_dinosaur_bone.shtml

http://stores.blairrock.com/petrified-dinosaur-bone-1/
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Re: looking for nearly gem quality dino bone!!
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2016, 10:05:51 PM »

The words "cheap" and "gem" rarely go together. Rare and beautiful almost always equals more expensive.

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Re: looking for nearly gem quality dino bone!!
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2016, 09:39:30 AM »

I looked at ebay under gembone dinosaur bone.  There were several hundred listings and only 2 that I would consider gem bone.  If you want decent quality agatized dino bone, there  is a lot of decent bone available and at fairly reasonable prices with the better red and yellow colors having the higher prices.  Unless you find an estate sale with some good bone, the prices I see on most of the pieces on EBAY are decent if the material is solid.

I personally will not buy bone without handling the material as I am concerned with cracks, pits, soft spots and weak matrix between the cells.  Mark Anderson gave a talk at the Agate Expo on Gem Bone.  He is known for his inlayed rings and other jewelry with bone.  I have not yet watched the DVD with his presentation.  He had a variety of bone including bone replaced by pyrite.

I have attached a picture of a piece of Gembone from Mark's website Different Seasons Jewelry

I wish you luck on your hunt.

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Re: looking for nearly gem quality dino bone!!
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2016, 08:35:33 PM »

Ooo pretty!
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