Friday, March 13, 2009

Rock Hounding

Jeff and I went on our first "Rock Hounding" trip last Saturday, considering we had no idea what the heck we were doing I think we did pretty well. Here is an example of some of the stuff we came back with:
There is quite a selection here and in all honesty we know only about 1/2 of these stones. On the back of the tray on the left you can see what looks like lines in the upper right hand corner, that is Jeff's "Block" of Tiger Eye. Yes I said Block! It's about 1.5" tall by 1" deep and 4" long. When we took it into the Gem Society Wednesday night to ask about cutting it we were told we must use lots of water (or oil) because this stone is created under pressure. If not cut right it might explode! (I was not ready for that much to learn!)

In the middle of the tray on the top are two small red / pinkish stones, they are called Mozarkite. They are from Mike at Gemcutter, he was so gracious to share some stones he mined himself with me. What a great guy, thanks so much Mike!

Also in that tray on the top in the lower left you will see what looks like a black / blue stone...ready for this???
Labradorite OFF:

Labradorite ON: The colors changed just by turning the stone over!

(I promise no Photoshop effects here!)

I consider myself very lucky to have found this piece and it will be a while until I am brave enough to cut into this baby! Everyone we spoke to at the show was so helpful and friendly, we had a great time learning.

(One thing though, I get so excited and into what we are doing I keep forgetting to take photos. I'm working on it!)

More setting to get done this weekend, enjoy everyone!


Lois said...

Oooooh. I like the Labradorite ON. So pretty. I can't wait to see what you do with setting these gorgeous things.

Rockhound said...

Nice rocks! It is always fun to go out and collect your own material. Next weekend is my clubs first trip of the year. We are headed out to Graveyard Point to collect some plume agate.

I also know what you mean about the picture taking. I am always remembering to take pictures just about the time I'm leaving.


Two Bees said...

OMGosh, Rockhound! I wanna go! Follow this link:

I love this stone! Please take photos and come back to show me!
Thanks for dropping by!

Ohhh Lois! I am weeks away for doing any serious cutting! I've got 3 Art Festivals to get ready for, I wish you were closer!

Lois said...

I wish I was closer too!