Tag: the Carver

Sagenitic Agate

Sagenitic Agate

This cab, which is very large, approximately 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches, was not cut (as I usually do) from a large geode or nodule. Rather, the stone, when originally collected by me from The Carver Agate Field, was essentially the same shape and size as pictured. Rock # 4694 It had the classical amygdaloidal (almond) shape with a flat bottom and rounded top. I hand ground, smoothed and polished the outside of this specimen. While grinding away a small amount of the stone to reveal the underlying sagenitic agate, the crystal filled geode center appeared. When I began grinding, I had no idea that I would grind through the thin surface into an underlying crystal filled center. The end of the stone with the yellow dot which looks like it has ice around it (looks a lot like Antarctica, doesn’t it?) is what I have previously seen and […]

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Odd Fellows “All Seeing Eye” Agate

Odd Fellows “All Seeing Eye” Agate

Folks looking at my polished stones often comment on seeing an image in the stone. Usually, I see the image they point out, but I did not see it until it was brought to my attention. It is much like seeing faces or images in the clouds. Well, this week after I cut and polished a cabochon, I saw the Odd Fellows ‘All Seeing Eye’. A bit of history and personal history is in order. Rock #4698 The “Eye” The Odd Fellows were a very popular fraternal organization with over 1,000,000 US members ‘back in the day’. They were social, secretive and ritualistic, much like the Masonic order. They were also charitable and had one basic requirement in order to belong: the belief in a supreme being (God). Their primary and most famous symbol was the ‘All Seeing Eye’ which was also a Masonic symbol. In fact, our founding fathers, […]

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Spectacularly Interesting Carver Vein Agate!

Spectacularly Interesting Carver Vein Agate!

The jagged rind of this agate is the rough lava or crack in which the agate formed. While the crack was filling with dissolved silica, forming the fortification agate on the upper right, some fractured yellow jasper shards or chips fell into the vein or crack and was surrounded by the silica which agatized! Photo 4690 shows the jasper shard, which was cut by the diamond saw: Photo #4690 Photo 4689 is the same shard of jasper on the other side of the saw blade that cut this second slab: Photo 4689 Photo 4689 enlarged is ‘filled’ with sagenitic inclusions that formed as silica was filling the crack or vein in the lava: Photo 4689 This sagenite indicates the bottom of the rock as formed. Note there is no such sagenite on the top side of the stone as seen in photo 4688: Photo 4688 Gravity explains why the sagenitic […]

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Five Random Carver Agates

Five Random Carver Agates

Here are five random Carver agates I cut this week! One is the first one I’ve seen! These are five of the six agates I cut this week. The sixth stone will be the subject of my next blog. It is so cool and unusual. Detail of Rock #4681 – Click to enlarge Rock #4679 – Click to enlarge Rock #4685 – Click to enlarge Rock #4683 – Click to enlarge Rock #4687 – Click to enlarge Being lucky enough to cut five totally different agate types in a single week is a ‘rock hound’ fantasy! And why I never get bored as I continue to explore the amazing diversity of the Carver Agate Field agates. The highly variable colors, patterns, banding, and sagenitic inclusions make these just pure fun. Rock #4685 is another ‘first’ for me: white matrix with multiple colored sagenitic inclusions. I wish I had 50 pounds […]

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My Birthday Agates!

My Birthday Agates!

These stones are maybe the prettiest agates I have cut. Or, they just seem like the prettiest because I just cut them! Both show clear evidence of red and yellow jasper that was fractured into shards and then cemented back together by silica which entered into the cracks. When the silica enters the cracks, it creates tiny fortification agates and other banded agates, e.g., a jasp-agate. I think the patterns created are simply beautiful. The free form shapes of these stones are the result of trying to capture all of the detail and coloration that is present. If I had cut the stones in the more conventional round or oval cabochon shape, much of the stones’ patterns and coloration would have been lost. Rock #4643 Rock #4645

The Lava Lamp in The Ghost

The Lava Lamp in The Ghost

This stone simply contains lots of cool stuff, particularly when enlarged or magnified. The unenlarged photograph shows a pale whitish ghost-like structure up through which a lava lamp-shaped log arises. Rock #4186 : Click to enlarge If you don’t think that is cool enough, take a look at the enlarged photos of the bottom center and bottom right of the stone. The bottom right of the stone as shown enlarged is a botryoidal structure, which is defined as having the appearance of a bunch of grapes. Bottom Right of Rock #4186 : Click to enlarge The other enlarged photo shows the botryoidal structure being cut open and appearing to have a somewhat hollow center. Bottom Center of Rock #4186 : Click to enlarge Later, I will be doing a more detailed examination of botryoidal agates, with more photos and discussion as to how I believe they are formed. Rock #4569 […]

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Carver Agate Field Cabachons: New Video

Carver Agate Field Cabachons: New Video

I have been cutting more agates from The Carver. A few are cool enough to make me “make them shiny”! I have made a short video of some of the new cabs and hope you like it. Examples Be sure to click on each one to see the larger version! Rock #4629 Rock #4618 Rock #4616 Rock #4626

Zipper Geode (I found it, I named it!)

Zipper Geode (I found it, I named it!)

This is one half of a fractured geode which shows a much earlier fracture that was healed by quartz crystals filling the earlier fracture. While it is very common to find geodes with fractures that are filled (or healed) by secondary deposition of silica in the crack (fracture), it is quite unusual to find that the secondary deposition results in macro crystalline (visible to the eye) quartz crystals extruded from the crack. To me it looks like a crystal quartz zipper! Rock #3998

Banded Agate Mimics Banded Jasper

Banded Agate Mimics Banded Jasper

Until magnification, each of these banded agates appear to be comprised of the red and yellow jaspers which are so common on The Carver agate field. Magnification (see third photo), however, reveals that these bands are micro crystalline (too small to be seen by the eye alone), e.g., like agate banding. Unlike most of The Carver agates, these agates were not formed in a nodule or geode. My best guess is that they were formed as a vein agate in a crack in lava. Rock #4596 Rock #3900 Rock #4596 Magnified I hope you are enjoying these postings. Before you go, please remember you can subscribe to this blog and receive an email alert whenever a new posting is published. It’s easy, automatic, and you don’t have to worry about missing out on the next cool new find!

Lava Lamp Agate

Lava Lamp Agate

Lava lamp agate. I found it. I named it. Here is what you are really looking at. Rock #4526 This is agate on the right side and lava matrix in which it is formed on the left side, cut and polished and set as a pendant in gold-fill wire wrap. This is a free form designer cut of an agate nodule still attached to the lava in which the nodule formed. If you rotate the specimen 45 degrees counter clockwise, you will see the classical amygdaloidal shape. Rock #4526 rotated 45 degrees For those who may not have the word amygdaloidal on the tip of their tongues or in their lexicon, “amygdaloidal” generally means almond-shaped, typically with a flattened bottom and rounded top. This shape comes from the gas bubble pocket formed in lava which filled in with silica material which formed the agate. This specimen is natural and not […]

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