Rocks, Minerals, Gems, and Fossils for Trade

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Legend and Suggested Retail Prices

First picture
Top row, L to R:
1 Small dark purple Amethyst Cluster, Brazil $3
2 Blue Drusy on Blue Lace Agate, South Africa $10
3 Azurite, China $15
4 Malachite, Africa $10
5 Light Amethyst Cactus Quartz, Brazil (This big guy was in some jewelry size pieces I bought – Waaaay to heavy for that!) $25

Bottom row:
Cobaltoan Calcite (Pepto pink) , South Africa $10
Ammonite pair polished, Madagascar $15
Citrine Quartz cluster, likely irradiated for color change from amethyst, from Brazil $3

Second Picture – Quartz Crystal Cluster, Arkansas
Almost impossible to get a quick “snapshot,” challenging to photograph, tabby quartz and complex crystal form cluster from Arkansas,. Has separation breaks on one end (from vug wall) and hidden break on other end, but dominant crystal on that end, ends in many pyramid points on one termination. Also, this cluster has at least 3 showy sides, no top or bottom to it when lying on it’s side. Many different termination types, very complex and beautiful. Said your name. Really. $30

6 Cobaltoan Calcite, Azurite, Blue Quartz

7 Azurite, Blue Quartz, Malachite

8 Quart Crystal Cluster in front, Amethyst Cactus Quartz in back

9 Some of the group in different order

Selection: (My assistant and battery for size comparison, not included)
Left: 10 Orthoceras Fossil polished specimen or jewelry ready, yes, the sword is in the stone. (None of the others in the bag had that pattern, if you dislike swords you may have another.) Madagascar $15
Top Center: 11 Montana Agate – banded and spotted. Thick hefty, nicely polished specimen much prettier than this picture. Jewelry or display. $20
Bottom Center: 12 Polished Brown Dinosaur Bone $5
Right: 13 Polished Turratella Agate, not showing in photo – has a nice, sparkly, drusy crystal pocket in one shell cavity. Suitable for jewelry or cabinet specimen. $5

14 Bonus not shown: A big handful of tumbled polished stones to delight and entertain children from an age old enough to understand rocks arn’t rock candy, on up to ages 120 or so. Turratella and Crazy Lace Agate included. Specimen grade up.

Substitutions allowed, if I have it. Just ask.

There you have it, a lovely rock collection suitable for display and entertainment of guests, children, and adults. A $166 value, all for the low low price of . . . tahdah! . . .permanent ownership of the Coloring Book Course.

Computer is iffy, I may have to take the course later, although I hope to still be online Saturday.

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A Banded Agate With Surrealistic Distortion


This agate may have been distorted by movement when it was still in the gel stage, giving it this cool “melting” surrealistic shape. The same visual effect of distortion can be created by cuttting/grinding a curve on the surface of the agate, but this one appears to have a flat cut surface.
Photo: UCL Museums & Collections, found on Flicker

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Red Agate

Red in agate is usually caused by iron oxides. The dinosaur bone is a replacement by agate, colored, in part, by iron oxides in the agate material. Fire agate is even more directly affected by iron, as it causes all the iridescent colors.

Red & black dinosaur bone ring stock 6

Fire Agate FLickr Big Red

One of the most popular agates for collectors is Lake Superior agate, which is usually red with clear, white, brown, and/or black banding. Sometime it’s gray, and other colors and patterns occur.

DSCF8910copy  Lake Superior Agates

Header Photo: Drusy cabochons from Brazilian Agate

Top Left Photo: Dinosaur Agatised Bone see link below

Middle Photo: Fire Agate see link below

Bottom: Lake Superior Banded Agate photo by Clara Darlene Reger

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Opals and Agates and Tigereye, My!

Here we go with my first post on my new blog about opals, agates, rare and exotic stones; also jewelry, lapidary, smithing and rock hound relates subjects! Oh my! All that and a bag of opal chips.

Please tell me what you’d like to see here. Comment below!

Mexican Agate

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