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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day 2 Free Gemstone Cabochon Giveaway



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Y'all know that it is Summer vacation here in the US, right? Well, my grandaughter sleeps in, so I'll post a picture and name as soon as she is up to do it and then update this post. That is how I will do it from here on. I'm sorry if that inconveniences anyone, but I don't think you want to see the angry picture of her if I wake her up to do it. :) I'm trying to keep this contest as fun and informal as possible as compared to the last one and I don't want to fight her to do it.  

Also, to amend the "rules"-- Please make sure you post to each day's post in order to be entered to win the stone of the day. Debi posted yesterday, but posted in anther place. I am going to count her in for yesterday's noreena.since she did post to the blog. But, in the future, you must post to the current day to be entered for that day. No biggie, just makes it easier for me. :)

Plus, since there are readers from around the world, I'll count comments until the next blog posts. I'm going to try to have them scheduled for 6:00AM EST- unless something comes up and I can't make it.

AND-- I am going to be adding stones at random to the grand prize.

OK- that's done.....

Here's today's stone again. This is a different picture and shows the moss inside the clear agate a little better. You can see this is a big stone, too!

Red Moss Agate 44x30mm

This agate probably came from Mexico, though I don't know for sure.

Here's another one with more defined moss.


Pretty cool, huh??

This is a big stone, too. (38x44mm) I'm going to add this to the grand prize. :) This rough was given to me, too. It was given to me by a woman who is a fellow wire wrapper and rock junquie. You just wouldn't believe how generous people have been. :)

Now, here's a stone that I ran across while going through my cabs the other day. I've never been an agate collector, but about 15 years ago, something made me buy this. It is very, very rare. It's called a thistlebrush agate. Check out the moss.


The body is pink, the moss, which looks like bramble, is brown and there is pyrite or marcasite in it. Very cool. :) Just thought it was a good example of moss agate to show you. Don't bother trying to look this up. I can't find a thing on it. I did way back when, but I didn't save the info at that time. :(

I was looking for some good moss agate info to give you and found this site. This is a seriously awesome site, chuck full of good pictures of included agates. (In case any of you don't know, "included" basically means "something inside it" -- like moss. I spent a lot of time there. I don't know my agates very well, but I'll let you in on a secret-- I'm really beginning to like them a lot! Since I have been given so much rough agate to cab, I have a new appreciation for them.

Here's some jewelry to remind us that this is what's it's all about. Some of you might remember this piece. It's a green moss agate in silver. This is the piece that lead to a tutorial that I wrote. (shameless plug)



Today's question:  Do you know the name of the rock for your state or area? I'm in Virginia, our state rock is unakite.
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Here we go!! My lovely assistant is awake from her beauty sleep.

I put these names in a hat.

Diane F.
Cindy H.
Kay B.
Joyce
Zoraida
Mary Hicks
Kit
Vicky F.
Kathy
Shiny
Saturday Sequins
Renate
Shaolingrrl
Debi
Deb Stevens
Denise Hall

My lovely young assistant

And the winner is......

Debi! You have won the noreena jasper for Friday's drawing and you have won a chance to be included in the grand prize drawing. Congratulations!!! :) Now, before next Saturday, please send me your address, so I can get this out to you.

Thank you all for commenting and better luck next time- there's still 6 more drawings, plus the big one.




27 comments:

  1. I have never seen red moss agate. How beautiful!

    Ohio's state rock/gemstone is flint.

    Joyce

    P.S. Tela, I just found out that I've been signed up with a screen name since last year. I'm no longer "anonymous"!

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    1. Awww... you were never anonymous to me :)

      You know, I have never worked with flint. I've some real pretty flint, though.

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  2. Beautiful agates. I really like the one with the green inclusions and the wrapping on that green agate is lovely. It's a little different from from what I'm used to seeing in your wraps - must have missed that one. I believe the stone for my state of NY is the garnet.

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    1. That wrap is a really old one I did. It was the first one that I did of that style. You would probably recognize the Variscite that was given away in my last contest- same wrap.

      I LOVE garnets! They are just about my favorite faceted stone. I cabbed a green garnet, though, and it is beautiful, too. (hydrogrossular garnet)

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  3. Cindy H in Waco, TXJuly 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Who knew lol Texas state rock is "Oligocene petrified palmwood" If I had a million guesses, I would have never have guessed that & never even heard of it before.

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    1. Me either, now I have to go and look it up. I have some petrified palmwood, but it is from Indonesia- different rock. Texas is home to so many great rocks! I imagine it was hard to pick one. :)

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  4. All the stones are gorgeous...I have always loved moss agates. I did not realize that was what this stone was. It is truly amazing. I think you have found more fun for yourself in making cabs! Appears that the state rock is Blue Granite and the gemstone is Amethyst.

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  5. State Rock for South Carolina and State Gemstone..that is.

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    1. Blue granite? I'll have to look that up, too. And, yes, I LOVE making cabs. I'm getting ready to turn Gene on as soon as I am done here. :)But, I love making jewelry with my rocks, too.

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  6. Nephrite Jade, or Serpentine, depending on which state I consider "home." I think I will go with both. And I love your rocks, Tela.

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    1. Both good green stones :) I have to agree with you, I love my rocks, too. LOL!

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  7. Congratulations, Debi!

    The whole matter of state whatsits has gotten so complicated since I went to school that I had to find a wikipedia site. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_minerals,_rocks,_stones_and_gemstones) I'm a transplant to California so I really wasn't sure about that, though I'd heard benitoite as the gemstone and yup, that's it. But we have a state mineral (gold) and a state rock (serpentine) as well, which is cool because I like serpentine--except the stuff they use for fake jade.

    But I was born in the Gem State, Idaho, and I already knew we have tons of great stuff. Star garnet is the state gem, and I guessed silver for mineral before I looked at the list -- but it's blank! Idaho PR people need to get on the stick. We've got lots of jaspers, including Willow Creek jasper (one of my faves--I love the porcelain jaspers), opals, it's crazy. And I think I've gone on long enough.

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    1. You have it pretty well covered! CA and ID both have some outstanding gems! But, Idaho is the Gem State, right?? I love all the beautiful jaspers there.

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  8. What a pretty cab.

    I never thought about a state rock--never occurred to me that there was such a thing! I couldn't find a state rick for NY, but our state gemstone is garnet, which just happens to be one of my favorites.

    And congratulations to yesterday's lucky winner,Debi!

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    1. Garnets are good :) And, there are a few you can cab, too. I have 2 green garnets (hydrogrossular and uvarovite) and a couple cabs of red pyrope garnet. They used to call them carbuncles back in Victorian times when they were popular.

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  9. Well, here in AZ, the state muneral is Copper. The state gemstone is turquoise. I never knew until you asked, and Wiki answered! My birth state, Colorado, has rhodochrosite as its mineral, yule marble as its rock and aquamarine as its gemstone. What a fun giveaway, and great questions!

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    1. Great rocks!!! I love turquoise and rhodochrosite especially. (and together)

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  10. Congrats, Debi! I hope you will let us see the result if/when you have wrapped the cab.

    I LOVE moss agate! The inclusions are intriguing and mysterious, like a forest on a misty day. And I didn't know that there was *red* moss agate. It's lovely.

    I'm not aware that there is such a thing as a state rock or gem for Germany. That means I can choose one myself! ;-) So I will choose Spessartine (or Spessartite), which is named after a forest/mountain area not far from where I live. It is a Garnet, which is also my favourite gemstone in all its variations.

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    1. It's funny, I was just at mindat.org and they say moss agate is green with no mention of other colors, but I know this is red moss- go figure.

      Yes, garnet is probably my favorite because of all the variations. I have some spessartines, too. Love them! There is even a color change variety.

      For Germany, I always think of Agates. Idar-Oberstein is renown for their agates. (and gem cutting)

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  11. My state, Western Australia, doesn't have an official rock - but we have plenty of jasper, tiger iron and iron ore (we ship the stuff out in the millions of tonnes).

    We also have zebra rock or zebra stone from the very northern part of the state, the Kununurra and the Ord River area of the Kimberley -

    http://museum.wa.gov.au/research/collections/earth-and-planetary-sciences/rock-collection/zebra-rock

    I have some small pieces - my stones have a muted matte finish, rather than a high gloss finish. So I hereby elect zebra stone as my state's official rock as I don't think it's found anywhere else in the world.

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    1. Guess what, Vicky? One of the stones recently given me was a zebra stone! Yup, I hadn't seen one before then. I managed to get a pretty decent shine on the one I have finished, too. I was pretty happy about that. It is a really awesome stone, worthy of your choice :)

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  12. wow, those stones are gorgeous! i love them all! the translucent one with the green veining is very striking; i have never seen a stone like that before.
    i dunno what my state rock is, im gonna have to look that up, hang on....wow, i still dont know :D its either moonstone, agatized coral, or crystal, and i bet if i looked at a few more sites, id find a few more types of stone thats our "official state rock." i think i'll go with moonstone, tho, i love moonstone. :)
    congratulations, debi!! *throws confetti*

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    1. Yes, moonstone are awesome. So many feldspar are. So many of them have that same chatoyant quality, too.

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  13. State rock for Florida is agatized coral, state gem is moonstone. I hadn't heard of "agatized" coral before did a search and found that most of it comes from the Withlacoochee River which happens to run right through the county I live it.

    Fun giveaway, and I'm learning too! LOL

    Congrats Debi, would love to see what you do with your prize.

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    1. Hey Diane, wouldn't it be cool if you could find some yourself??? I bet you can find a guidebook at your local library or talk to some people at your local rock club and they would know what areas to look in. I want to go on a rock field trip myself. I'd have to go to the mountains, though.

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  14. Serpentine an asbestos filled stone is our state rock in California Wow. NIce :-)) Keep up the great wprk, Tela! Am loving what you see and do with the "rock" :-)

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