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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Indian Paint Stone

I got a stone on eBay recently and found out that the man I bought it from lives very close to me. We struck up a conversation. I learned about the local rock club, which I haven't been to in a long while. It used to be quite a ways from me, but has relocated very close to my neighborhood. So, I am going to start going. :) YAY! GO ME! I get to hang out with other rock junkies :)

I found out that Randy has tons of rough in his backyard. He asked me what do I want. Are you kidding me??? Let's just say there is some nice ocean jasper and noreena jasper coming my way. He'll even cut to my specifications. I got to see the slabs, too. I told him to surprise me on the cuts. He does very nice work, in fact, below is the piece I got on eBay.

This is a real rare stone called, Indian Paint Brush and it comes from Death Valley, CA, USA. I have always wanted one. The stone is gorgeous. The black has a slight metallic look, like hematite. Very interesting. The cut is unusual, too. I have never seen it before, so I had to do something different.



Today's question:  Do you buy stones online or local? (Log in before you answer.)

17 comments:

  1. I have purchased a few stones locally from an individual, but I buy most of my supplies online.

    Joyce

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  2. Good morning, Joyce! You are so quick- you must have noticed that I had to edit my post. I thought today was the last day of the contest. :)

    I get 99.9% online. The stores just can't beat the prices or choices online.

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  3. Tela, How grand to find someone close by with a backyard full of Jasper! Jasper has to be one of my favorites with all its varieties. This stone is incredible. It actually looks like the design was painted on. The wrap you did is outstanding and compliments the stone!
    You will be in your element at the rock club!!
    All of my stones and supplies are bought online.

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    1. Hi Christine- Actually, I think he has a mix of a bunch of different rocks. He did a great job with this one and the others of this kind that I've seen. I just got some stunning noreena from him that I can't wait to get. I've seen the pictures and they are awesome. He made me promise to post pics of the finished pieces, so I think you'll be seeing them. :)

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  4. Oh, so tomorrow is the last day. Cool. Another interesting blog to look forward to tomorrow.

    Other than rare bead and gem shows, there are very few places to buy stones. The few I bought were leftovers (rejects?)from someone who makes jewelry to sell. I agree, the selection and prices are better online.

    Joyce

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    1. Yeah, the time zone was set to a different time zone and it threw me off. It ends at midnight EST on the 15th.

      I try to go to the gems hows when they are here, but I've been broke the last few times and they don't have many cabs. :( I have gotten some nice ones there, though.

      I've been thinking of putting some of the ones that I know I will never use in the store. They are kinda taking up space now. Some are total "A's" and some aren't. I just have a mish mash.

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  5. I keep going back and looking at your piece. The stone is so unusual, and the setting is so perfect for it. Subtle, balanced.

    Joyce

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    1. Thanks, Joyce :) In person this is really nice. It looks much better in the light and not in my diffused light tent. All of the material I've seen is very nicely patterned.

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  6. I know you will enjoy your local rock club. My local Gem and Mineral Society group has a full lapidary lab available and teaches classes. I've taken the certification course and now I'm able to cut my own cabs--although I'm not very good at it. I bought a bunch of slabs last fall and was given some rough. Finally I've had the time to work with some of it. Maybe I will get something worthwhile out of it. I'm still learning!

    I buy my cabs at the local gem and mineral show every year and occasionally I find one at a shop. I haven't purchased anything online yet. I don't know the best suppliers and I want to see what I am getting first hand.

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    1. I used to go to mine, but the group seemed to be fizzling out and all the tools were busted. I am hoping the group has been rejuvenated. It will be fun, for sure. I am hoping to start buying more stones locally. As it is, I get most online, but I have been very happy with nearly all my transactions. I've been buying online for a long time, so I have some great suppliers.

      Good for you for learning to cab! When you get some done, you'll have to share some pics, I'd love to see them.

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  7. I haven't bought online yet and I don't know anyone locally so ... mine came through the local bead shop, which has now closed :(

    I have checked to see if there are any rock hound clubs in my are but seemingly they are at least 150km away - that makes me feel quite sad for all those "beginners" out there, I can surely empathise with them.

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    1. Sorry to hear that, Vicky. 150km is a long way to go!! :(

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  8. I buy online, haven't found a local source yet.

    That stone is gorgeous and your wrapping sets it off beautiful.

    Diane F.

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    1. Thanks, Diane :) Ive done most of my buying online, but now that I have met someone local and found out about the gem club, I'll be doing more in person.

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  9. I mostly buy online, but I prefer to "feel" the stone first. If I had the option, I'd follow Tela around all day so I could learn her sources and a bit of information about the stones. I guess this blog is the next best thing.

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    1. I hope you like the interview blog, then. :) Bill has some nice rocks. I like to see and feel them first, too- sadly I don't get that many chances to do it.

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    2. I hope you like the interview blog, then. :) Bill has some nice rocks. I like to see and feel them first, too- sadly I don't get that many chances to do it.

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