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Still a mineral.
Just had a little work done to it.
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Yeah, Like Nancy Pelosi has had a little plastic surgery and Maxine Waters needs a lot of "face work".
 

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Found this today amongst the landscape river gravel...

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A Heart of Stone.
 

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Fun thread.
 

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Rocks really rock.
 

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You guys have some really awesome rocks. First pic are fossils I found in Big Bend, Tx. second a geode from Big Bend. Third and fourth Central Tx arrowheads, fifth, Central Tx tomahawk and what may be bison molars, last pic agates and misc crystals and meteorites from Big Bed.

I probably have more leverites than any of you. I learned of them while indian artifact hunting with an old skiing buddy. I found something and asked him what it was. He said "it's a leverite". Bewildered I ask "whats a leverite?" He points at the ground and says "Leverite dere."
 

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I agree with Bottom Feeder, no leverites there. I've walked fields for hours and hours looking for artifacts and never found anything that good.
 

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Somewhat interesting...
How to grind a rock sphere.


<heh> Only 80 easy steps <heh>
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Only 80 easy steps
Heh, I don't even find face polishing particularly easy. Not that I have a huge amount of experience but what little I have done sometimes after polish, you realize you should have sanded on one of the grits longer, change out the belt, start over. Or even worse, while polishing the wheel grips the stone and throws it at a high rate of speed causing a scratch that causes you to go back to the initial grind, and through all the sanding all over again. :)

Maybe spheres are easier. :2 thumbs up:
 

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lapidary is fun... got to watch the knuckles however....
 

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I see where Elton John got his idea for his glasses —

A pair of rare diamond and emerald spectacles from an unknown Indian prince will be sold at an auction in London later this month. It is unclear who commissioned these spectacles, but they possibly belong to Mughals, the dynasty that ruled the subcontinent in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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The diamond lenses - cleaved as a pair from a single natural diamond - are thought to be from the mines of Golconda in southern India. The teardrop-shaped emeralds originate from a single natural Colombian emerald.

The spectacles will be offered at auction for $2m-$3.4m each, according to auction house Sotheby's.
 

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About the turquoise...
That's Kingman Turquoise and if that big hunk is natural and not treated that's a pile of money!
It's probably from china. Lotta low priced turquoise from there, many varied colors, rivaling some of the old turquoise from closed mines in the US. There are several tests to see if it's real or not, the usual fake is made from howlite, which is dyed blue from it's usual white color (you can use that blue toilet cleaner stuff to dye it the right color). But with a little acetone you can rub off the dye on to a swab — no blue dye rubbed off when I did this. Another indication of it being genuine is, like mtnman said it should cost a pile of money. And mine didn't, that piece was about $50.00 and weighs 325 gms.

You can also test the hardness, which is 5-6, (howlite is 3.5) or with specific gravity, which depends on the inclusions that may throw off your measurements. But the real test is to break it in half to see if it maintains it's color throughout the specimen and I ain't doin that. It is estimated (I've seen it quoted frequently) that 90% of the turquoise out there is fake. But they are counting all the jewelry that are supposed to be turquoise and I've seen tons of that for sale.

So I'm gonna put it in my collection and call it good. (I have another small specimen - I posted it way back, I know it is genuine).

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Just wondering if anybody can tell me more about these samples. I pulled them out of some landscape rock because they are virtually identical to what you'd find in a local River and I've been curious about their nature.

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Just wondering if anybody can tell me more about these samples. I pulled them out of some landscape rock because they are virtually identical to what you'd find in a local River and I've been curious about their nature.

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yep looks like our creek gravel here.....but not like our bedrock types......so i have no clue
 

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Well, the one on the left looks like volcanic tuff and the one on the right might be flint. Just lookin at the way those chips broke out.
Scratch the flint with a piece of glass. Does it scratch?

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