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1  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Here are a few of my recent ones on: April 01, 2016, 07:32:26 am
Beautiful. That first cab especially. What kind of agate is it?
2  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Somebody grab a fire extinguisher... on: March 16, 2016, 08:01:54 am
That is gorgeous!
3  Custom Designed Jewelry / Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / Re: Silver/Moss Agate on: November 25, 2015, 01:03:21 pm
What a gorgeous stone and fantastic wrap.
4  Custom Designed Jewelry / Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / Re: Couple cabs first mounts on: November 25, 2015, 12:46:27 pm
I love these. The cab on the left looks really interesting.
5  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Gary green bogwood, ocean scene on: November 25, 2015, 12:21:07 pm
Love how this turned out.
6  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Ok, got this in the mail today. Had to share - what is this?? on: November 19, 2015, 06:24:34 pm
No idea what it is but it's beautiful!
7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: mohawkite michigan on: November 17, 2015, 08:44:33 am
This definitely looks like Vistaite and the four in the top row in the previous picture as well.

Here are some other examples from the web. (I wish I had my photos but my drive went belly up a while ago and I was not able to recover all the photos).

- this one is actually couple of my previously sold cabs

And scroll down this page to see 3 more good images, though those are a bit over vibrant (photoshop, IMHO): http://www.worldofjaspers.com/OregonWest.html

8  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: mohawkite michigan on: November 16, 2015, 12:41:23 pm
Actually, the rock above looks like vistaite. Also rather rare material, takes a gorgeous polish. If you don't want it, I'll take it  dancer5.
9  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Mineral Specimens / Re: Diamond in the (Montana) rough... on: November 16, 2015, 12:37:11 pm
What a lucky find!
10  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cab Contest Entries For October 2015 on: November 16, 2015, 11:31:06 am
Absolutely gorgeous!
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11  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cab Contest Entries For October 2015 on: November 16, 2015, 11:30:27 am

Recently a "pocket" of gem Chrysocolla (Some gem Silica in it) was hit at the Ray copper mine.  This is the first time in 10 years any has been recovered from the mine. The pocket was less than 500 lb. There was about 50 lb. that was Gem Silica top grade and that was absorbed into the asian market without a trace.  The rest was sold locally and is in the hands of gem cutters and collectors. I was able to get a bit over 13 pounds of this find.

Chrysocolla / gem silica are my favourite materials. Glad there may be more to be found, but I'm confused, how was the 50 lb of the top grade material absorbed into the asian market without a trace?
12  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Ethiopian welo opal - and question on value on: May 13, 2015, 07:55:30 am
I will have to second on the stability - in fact, I make it a point to let my opals "rest" for a minimum of a year before I set them or sell them. Leave them in a box but out of a plastic zip bag. That way they are still exposed to the environment. It gives them a chance to experience the whole gamut of temperature and humidity range throughout the year and do whatever they might want to do in extra dry and extra hot/humid conditions. So far I have found about 30-40% of them will crack sometime during that year, so to me it's a good time investment.

As for loosing colour after introduction to water - I have also not have had one NOT come back to their original colour, once they are dried out properly.
13  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: New kid on the block on: April 24, 2015, 10:57:59 am
Welcome to the group from Southern Ontario, Canada!
14  The Gathering / Shows and Events / Re: This looks like fun!! on: April 22, 2015, 01:45:51 pm
That does sound like fun! Wish it were closer LOL. Be sure to post some pics of what you scored.
15  Custom Designed Jewelry / Metal Clay Jewelry Desiign / Re: My weekend project... on: April 21, 2015, 01:13:56 pm
Lovely design! yes
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