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« on: June 18, 2014, 12:39:12 am »

A most unusual experience for me a couple of days back.

Fossicking for gemstones at my local pet shop.

The stones are bought in as fish tank ornaments and originate from Africa.

Stones available Jaspers, Tiger eye and Lepidolite + a couple of others, I bought the last 2 at $10 per stone.

Stones on a A4 sheet of paper, the Lepidolite darkens up when wet or cut.


A slab of Lepidolite.


Finished product grooved wrapped for pendant and bracelet.


I haven't found a easier way to rock hound than this.

   
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2014, 06:45:50 am »

The price sounds a little high but WOW you sure made them worth it. Beautiful sets.
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 08:45:20 am »

Allen,
I used to do this when I worked at the Pet/Farm/Garden store combo back east.  We would get in all sorts of rock for use in reptile and fish tanks.  I got a piece of Petrified wood out of it, some large pink rock I can only assume is quartz and a larger yellow piece I was pretty sure was calcite.  It's amazing what gets used in tanks!

And of course as you can see by what you cut and wrapped, the results are worth it.   yippie
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2014, 01:01:48 pm »

The pieces you have created are beautiful!  It funny to think about rockhounding at a pet store; it's obviously a good source though!
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2014, 06:10:10 pm »

I didn't realize that pets were into rock collecting!
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2014, 08:25:43 am »

I was at Piedras Blancas (central CA coast) years ago and met a guy screening gravel.  He found an occasional piece of jade which he kept.  The screened beach agate/jasper gravel he sold to the local pet store.  I was thinking about the lepidolite for the fish tank.  Since it is the primary source for lithium the fish must be very mellow. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2014, 05:28:32 pm »

The pet store I used to frequent before it went bankrupt had some pretty nice rocks also looking back now and they charged fifty cents a pound. I usually bought the lava with all the holes in it but he also had some very pretty agates and jasper for those who wanted a more colorful tank. For my geckos I used house plants and grow lights, they both seemed to thrive.
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2015, 11:09:03 am »

Watch for the boulders of colorful banded fluorite, presumably out of China, already ground smooth but not polished. I got a monster from a Big Al's Aquarium place, meant to polish it but still haven't. Cuts absolutely gorgeous multi-color slabs.
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2015, 12:12:06 pm »

good idea. did not see any at our pet store.
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2015, 06:44:40 pm »

Writes hit all pet stores tomorrow:)
Thank you Allen:)
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