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page 17 of my online mineral museum: a humor page of inexpensive stone carvings

2011-01-10 - 6:23 p.m.


all photos © 2011 by elaine radford

For some reason, it's mandatory for rockhounds to accumulate a few of these inexpensive stone carvings. I'm not collecting any more of them, unless they're truly fine specimens like my Rhodochrosite Triceratops. But here are five "run of the mill" carvings that have slipped into my collection.

As you can see from the above photograph, I have four frogs -- Goldstone, Sodalite, Lapis, and Turquoise -- and one Pig, Hematite.

Goldstone is a synthetic stone that, by tradition, is found somewhere in every rockhound's collection. Look around if you don't believe me. It's there, somewhere, even if the rockhound in question doesn't much like Goldstone. Yeah, that would be me. I'm not sure how this one insinuated his way onto my shelves...

At the time I bought the Hematite pig, I was blissfully unaware that Hematite was being faked in China, so I thought it was carved from a real stone, even if it wasn't particularly well-carved. Now I'm highly suspicious. There's a LOT of fake Hematite out there. Funny how any Hematite that I have found in rough form always has banding or areas of higher "flash" and "glitter" in the stone. I never get any that's perfectly smooth like that. Maybe it's all fake? Who knows?

The three blue frogs are all genuine. The Lapis frog in the photo below is by far the best of the the three. Chilean source material.

The very dark blue stone is Sodalite. It has some natural healed fractures, and it was quite inexpensive, especially compared to the Lapis. The smallest, turquoise blue frog is of course the turquoise -- not sure if it was stabilized or not. It has enough imperfections to make me believe that it isn't reconstituted stone but I bought it quite a few years ago. These days? I'm being very cautious when buying Turquoise, if I buy it at all.

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