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YouTube Video: Rock Cutting and Polishing!

YouTube Video: Rock Cutting and Polishing!

I recently posted 7 new picture galleries of over 100 rocks from the ‘deep pit’ found on The Carver. The ‘Deep Pit Agate, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz Geode Gallery’ is divided into 7 separate galleries: 1:  Geodes and Nodules before Cutting 2:  Amethyst Geodes 3:  Citrine Geodes 4:  Banded Blue and Gray Agates and Geodes 5:  Smoky Quartz Geodes 6:  Calcite Geodes 7:  Miscellaneous  These galleries display cut and polished specimens from the ‘deep pit’ and reflect over a year’s worth of work. My YouTube video shows this week’s find of over 15  pounds of new ‘deep pit’ agates and geodes and demonstrates how I cut and polish them in my shop. Be sure to enlarge the video screen for better viewing. Enjoy!     The rock I am holding here is a deep pit agate.

Yellow Agate Gemstone

Yellow Agate Gemstone

I wrote an article for Rock & Gem Magazine, August 2018, which you can check out here at the website, about yellow agates. The article describes in detail that the number of yellow agates found on a very small portion of The Carver was a geological oddity. Pictured here is one of The Carver yellow agates, handcrafted into a gemstone suitable for setting. Yellow agates within the world and family of agates are quite uncommon and yellow agates in jewelry are even more rare.  Enjoy.  

Giant ‘Carver’ geode resembles Swiss cheese

Giant ‘Carver’ geode resembles Swiss cheese

This geode was found on ‘The Carver’ in 2017.  It was too large to be cut by my 20″ diamond saw, so I turned to my good Alpine friend, Gordie Sandborn, who has a really huge diamond saw.  Gordie cut it with ease.  It is hard to describe because it is so unique.  I hope you enjoy the photos of the cut and polished geode.  Keep checking with the website as an even larger ‘Carver’ geode has been cut for me by Gordie.  It is unbelievable!

The Scepter

The Scepter

Two exciting new specimens from The Carver! One is a spectacular citrine (yellow quartz) ‘scepter’. Scepter quartz is a first and second generation of quartz crystal growth, one on top of the other, with the second generation, or top of the scepter, being larger than the first generation crystal. The name scepter is taken from the scepters of lore held by kings. Clear quartz (uncolored), amethyst (purple quartz), and smokey quartz scepters are not extremely rare. Citrine, which is a light yellow or gold-brown quartz and, according to Walter Schumann (who I think has written one of the best treatises on gemstones), on page 120 of Gemstones of the World, “natural citrine is rare. Most commercial citrine are heat treated amethyst or smokey quartz”. This scepter specimen has not been treated in any way. Therefore, its coloration as a natural citrine is rare and even more unusual having formed as […]

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New Stones from ‘The Carver’

New Stones from ‘The Carver’

Here are several new stones from ‘the Carver’ found, cut and polished by me this September. The yellow banded agate nodule and the blue agate geode are rare finds, and are great additions to my collection. The cut and polished stones shown here will probably appear in bracelets in the near future. These stones, in my view, are incredibly unique free-forms displaying the beauty and diversity of the rocks of ‘the Carver’. Click on the Gallery Picture and a large slideshow opens. The Rock # is displayed in the lower left corner below the picture.  

Happy (Belated) Fourth of July!

Happy (Belated) Fourth of July!

Well, this was supposed to be a Happy Fourth of July Rock Extravaganza posting for you, but computer problems made that impossible. So, now that the computer is back up and running: Happy Belated Fourth of July! Enjoy these rock samples. Hope your Fourth was great.

Tailgate Rocks Cut

Tailgate Rocks Cut

I went back to the same site that yielded the tailgate rocks in my last posting. These 2 visits yielded the large amethyst geode shown in this slideshow (Rocks #518 to #524), as well as the 2 individual rocks shown below. Other rocks from the tailgate and second visit are in the Cut/Polished Tailgate Rocks Gallery. What I continue to find amazing is the diversity of colors and sagenitic material…..blue, amethyst, yellow, red, and green…….note the lava inclusions in rocks shown in Gallery pictures 505 and 516. I am interested in your thoughts and how the lava shard got inside the nodules. Photos 539, 540, 541 are the same stone as shown from different angles, showing how difficult it is to guess what is inside before cutting! I will post more pictures from this same location when they have been cut and polished. Stay tuned.