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« on: November 17, 2018, 04:56:24 pm »

Not sure where to put this question, if I got it wrong, feel free to move to the right place.

I recently purchased about a pound of Apache gold rough.  I had the chance to do some sawing today and tried cutting up some of this Apache rough.  The piece I got was in pretty bad shape to start so I wasn't surprised when it started to fall apart on me.  My question is, is all of it like this or is some good solid rough still out there and if so, can someone point me in the right direction?

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2018, 08:50:38 pm »

Think I need a pic Robert.

Some people label Apache Gold for what is a chrysocolla. Also seen folks label Apache Gold for pyrite in matrix that can come in different matrix's.


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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2018, 07:29:43 am »

Gotta have to wait on the pics but the Apache gold I'm talking about is pyrite in black matrix from Jerome, AZ
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2018, 01:33:32 pm »

Gotta have to wait on the pics but the Apache gold I'm talking about is pyrite in black matrix from Jerome, AZ

I found a comment about how , "there is a variety of pyrite that is called arsenopyrite and this does contain arsenic"

And the best topic from the forum I can find is here.
https://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,12136.msg138027.html#msg138027

I can not find any comments about it's stability, but apparently others have cabbed it successfully.. No mention of it falling apart in the saw or needing to be stabilized.

I have no personal experience with this material Robert.
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2018, 02:50:04 pm »

Pretty sure it was just the piece I have.  It showed up with 3 large cracks and in 2 pieces.  I may be able to save a couple of cabs out of it...then again I may need to get another piece/source and try again.

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