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page 21 of the online mineral museum: green and gorgeous -- chrysoprase, green moss agate, aventurine, chrysocolla

2011-02-07 - 10:36 a.m.

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It's time for another trip to the online mineral museum. Up top we have a lovely piece of Chrysoprase rough from Australia. I have a decent amount of this material, which I was unwilling to sell because I know that the worked stones are very valuable. Once I get rolling on the stone-cutting and feel confident in my skills, I'll work up this rough myself. But I will always keep this one piece of rough as my specimen. It's something special.

Here we have a dish or bowl cut out of Agate. If you think that's easy to do...er...try it. This one is special to me. The stone and the cut is from Brazil. By the way, if you have not been following my stone-cutting experiments, maybe I'd better mention again that the Green Moss cabochon is from India, cut by me, myself, and I.

Another specimen, just a simple chunk of rough Green Moss Agate from India that someone sawed off flat and polished on one face to show off the lovely material.

It was pushing the size limits of what our tumbler could do, but here's a tumble-polished piece of Green Aventurine (the green quartz with mica type of aventurine, not the amazonite/feldspar type) that we created in the 1990s. It's a good luck piece, and I have no desire to sell it. I'm pretty sure but won't gamble money on it that the origin of the material was India.

A copper mineral tumbled stone from Zaire. I think it's probably Chrysocolla.

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